Haratua (May) 2021 Newsletter

Haratua (May) 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou kātoa,
It’s been variously frosty, very windy, warm, and we’ve even had a bit of rain — about 32 mm since the start of May. With this wind, if you haven’t been down to the beach lately, don’t worry — it’s come to visit you instead!

We often give this message: keep an eye on your properties. Unfortunately there was recently a car theft from Takapu Road. Eyes open!

And while keeping your eyes open, remember to look up sometimes at the night sky, especially on 26 May 2021, when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

  1. You’re invited! Awa Pukapuka launch
  2. Roads and transport
  3. Local News
  4. Property
  5. WBRA Subscriptions

You’re invited! Awa Pukapuka launch

The artist, Wendy Hodder, has completed the painting on the Little Free Library and it looks fabulous. Time to launch — please join in!

Saturday 29 May 2021 at 1.30 pm, rain day Sunday, at the library, by the footbridge. Bring a glass and meet your neighbours. There will be some beverages and snacks.

Awa Pukapuka with painting completed.
Awa Pukapuka with painting completed.

Roads and transport

  • After recent rumblings around the place Horowhenua District Council confirmed it wants the Expressway completed.

  • Meanwhile, Can rail relieve our roads?

  • And on the topic of major roads, we asked for the accident statistics for the 2020 calendar year between Ōtaki and Levin. In short: there were 4 serious, 8 minor, and 14 non-injury crashes. Four of the crashes led to road closure. Luckily no crashes were fatal.

Local News

On 30 April 2021 it suddenly sounded like a huge truck and trailer full of shingle was rumbling through the house at about 8.45 am. Turned out it was in fact a rare earthquake pretty much directly below Waikawa Beach. It was a M2.8, with the epicentre only about 4 Km away and 5 Km deep. Wakey wakey shakey shakey.

Distance from quake per Google Maps.
Distance from quake per Google Maps.

Blair once again provided us with a magnificent set of River mouth drone photos. Check them out.

Plastic recycling — only types 1, 2 and 5 can go in your recycling bin, otherwise it has to go in the rubbish. BTW: recycling dates are listed on the right-hand side of the WBRA website. Next recycling day is Monday 24 May 2021. Then 07 and 21 June, 05 and 19 July.

Manakau District Community Association are holding their AGM on 25 May 2021.


Recent property listings: 6 James Street, 61-63 Manga Pirau Street, 146 Strathnaver Drive (sold).

Is your $25 WBRA Subscription due?

WBRA subscription $25 per year, is due every October. After you pay, Elaine, our Treasurer emails you a receipt. Please check your emails and bank records to see if you’ve already paid.

If you haven’t paid yet for 2021, please pay now. Make sure to give us your email address on the bank form!

Special note: we can no longer accept cheques.

With a lunar eclipse this month here are some handy words to know: Marama, Rā, Papatūānuku : Moon, Sun, Earth.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

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