To inform and advocate for ratepayers of Waikawa Beach
Documentary photos of the ‘old’ toilet block
Funnily enough, out of the thousands of photos I’ve taken at Waikawa Beach — sunsets and sunrises, sandy vistas, birds, plants, dunes, Tararuas, fish, insects, lakes, river … — none feature the scuzzy old toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve.
But that toilet block, built about 50 or 60 years ago is about to be irrevocably changed, so for the Waikawa Beach Archives I visited on 08 March 2022 and took a whole lot of photos, inside and out.
See these as a before. In a few months, Covid delays willing, we’ll be able to compare them with the after.
Warning: a lot of photos follow — beware data use.
Note that the toilet block area also includes a septic tank and disposal field, a bore with water pump that serves the toilet block.
In addition the building is decaying, with holes in the roof, rust, cracked and broken concrete beams and other structural problems. Moreover it doesn’t meet modern standards for accessibility or ease of use.
It’s done a good 50 or 60 years service though and has been a huge relief for locals and visitors alike.