Road resurfacing starts in February 2017

In the hot sun on 27 February 2017 contractors from Higgins were creating fresh surfaces on some of the roads around the village. By mid-afternoon they had resurfaced most of Reay Mackay Grove, a small patch on Strathnaver Drive, and Cathryn and Duncan Streets.

It’s great to see the place being maintained like this.

New road seal on Reay Mackay Grove, looking south.

New road seal on Reay Mackay Grove, looking south.

New road seal on Reay Mackay Grove, looking north.

New road seal on Reay Mackay Grove, looking north.

New road seal on one patch of Strathnaver Drive.

New road seal on one patch of Strathnaver Drive.

New road seal — Duncan Street.

New road seal — Duncan Street.

New road seal — Cathryn Street.

New road seal — Cathryn Street.

New road seal — Cathryn Street, photo by Kevin Burns.

New road seal — Cathryn Street, photo by Kevin Burns.

Keeping the peace, with bike bars

Wonderful things about Waikawa Beach include the peace and quiet, and that it’s a safe place for pedestrians to stroll around, enjoying the environment.

Over the bridge is a (private) forest and wonderland of dunes to explore. It’s a great place for kids, and dogs especially. Thanks to the Walkers who own it for letting us all enjoy this space.

Waikawa River at the bridge.

Waikawa River at the bridge, looking north.

There’s nothing relaxing though about motorbikes roaring around in the area, tearing up sand and vegetation. Parents and dog owners worry that a bike will appear over a dune or around a corner without warning and run down their loved ones.

Waikawa Beach sign - private land, no vehicles.

Waikawa Beach sign – private land, no vehicles.

In an effort to keep motorbikes out there were bars across the bridge entrance, but they didn’t work very well.

In late February 2017 the Council removed those bars and installed new bars with an updated design.

Bridge bars, looking north, with bike.

Bridge bars, looking north, with bike.

The bars allow a narrow passage, wide enough for a bicycle but too narrow for a motorbike.

Bridge bars, with bike for size.

Bridge bars, with bike for size.

Pedestrians can still go through the middle or around the sides.

Bridge bars, from the bridge.

Bridge bars, from the bridge.

Thanks to the Council for helping protect the environment and the people who want to enjoy it in peace.

Do you have any feedback on the new bars? Are they working for you? Let us know in the comments.

Report on road signs 2003

In March 2003 John Brown supplied this report on signs leading to and at Waikawa Beach.

WAIKAWA SIGNS

by John Brown, 2003

This is a report on the signs at Waikawa Beach and on the road leading to the beach.

Some are traffic signs and others give information about beach use and other facilities. Most have been erected by the District Council.

Some are not clearly visible because of their placement and others because they are obscured by tree growth etc. Some are hard to read because they are too small and others because they are in a poor state of repair.

The road signs are not consistent. Only two bends are marked with speed restrictions however there are 5 other dangerous bends covering a 4 kilometre stretch of road. The general notice for bends covers only 3 kilometres. The general notice may not be appropriate as there are some long straights between some of the bends.

Road bend signs.

Road bend signs.

One bad corner outside the 3 kilometre designated area is marked with a speed limit westbound but an incomplete sign eastbound.

Westbound Eastbound and rumble strips.

Westbound Eastbound and rumble strips.

The rumble strip sign is very small and seems unnecessary. If the purpose of the strips is to wake up the driver then the sign will not be seen until the strips are reached which is too late to read it.

The 50 kph sign on the left side of the road at the entrance is hidden behind a flax bush. The colour on the sign is fading and there is another small sign immediately below, which could cause distraction.

Flax hides the 50 Kph sign.

Flax hides the 50 Kph sign.

The recently installed hump in Sarah Street is very hard to see because of the limited paint area on the small hump. The signs from a distance of about 100 metres are hidden behind tree growth.

Sarah St speed bump.

Sarah Street speed bump.

Of the three signs at the entrance to Waikawa, one is hard to read because of the colouring, another has nothing on it and a third, which I believe is of sentimental or historical value, does not enhance the vision of a well maintained and orderly community.

Entry signs.

Entry signs.

The Hank Edwards sign is very good. Some may argue that it is not in the correct position and should be in front of the changing shed in Mangu Pirau Street.

The only other sign at the entrance to Waikawa indicates where the pavilion is but is small, a non standard colour and hidden behind a tree.

Pavilion sign.

Pavilion sign.

There are no signs to indicate beach access. The one at the southern end of Mangu Pirau Street says other things but gives no indication that it is a beach access.

Private property.

Private property.

There are 2 un-marked legal beach accesses further north in this street.

There are a collection of signs near the bridge. One is in a dirty condition. It gives no indication of the distance to the beach. I believe that this is also over private land or is there access around the northern riverbank.

Help preserve the beach.

Help preserve the beach.

Once over the bridge there are the remains of a number of signs, which do not say very much.

Signs across the bridge.

Signs across the bridge.

The only sign at the beach to indicate recent planting is falling apart however most of the replanting has disappeared also. It says pingao and spinifex has been planted however other signs name it marram grass, which is incorrect.

There are a number of fire signs and I do not know what message they convey and to whom.

Fire signs.

Fire signs.

The sign giving historic information is just after rounding a blind bend when eastbound. There are no speed restrictions and if cars are parked at the sign a dangerous situation exists.

Historic Waikawa.

Historic Waikawa.

Below are some examples of signs in other areas but which could be used in Waikawa

Slow down signs.

Slow down and other signs.

Recommendations

At 2.2 kilometres from main road junction a sign for winding road next 4 kilometres.

At 3 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 3.55 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 3.7 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 3.9 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 5.2 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 5.7 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

At 6 kilometre bend a speed restriction sign

The above signs should be repeated for eastbound traffic at the appropriate positions.

A distance to go sign at the main road junction

50 km restriction zone moved 100 metres east

New additional larger signs at present position of 50 km zone such as reduced speed in holiday season

Pedestrian sign — no footpaths at entrance

Make hump in Sarah Street more visible

Repaint “Waikawa Beach” a colour that stands out.

Remove blank sign.

Move the damaged brown Waikawa Beach sign to near bridge or even over the bridge.

One sign giving all the conditions for using Hank Edwards Park such as No overnight camping, no leaving rubbish, no fires except in designated barbeque area (is there one), no quad bikes in park, all dogs on leash.

All beach accesses marked

At all beach accesses, rules for that part of beach e.g. no dumping of any rubbish whatsoever, all dogs on leashes (if that is the rule and is enforceable), rules concerning toheroa, whitebait, flounder and other fish if necessary, sand dune protection advice.

Information about bird life in the area.

Widen road near historical information sign to allow safe parking.

The following was sent to all persons in the Wellington Regional Council area recently. It spells out the danger of dumping garden rubbish on sand dune areas.

Put weeds in their place.

Put weeds in their place.

Ambrose Golf 2017

A very successful day was held at Levin Golf Club on Monday 02 January 2017.

THE WINNING TEAM - Joe Thomsen, Ngaire Hunter, Ken Archer, Joe Sione.
THE WINNING TEAM – Joe Thomsen, Ngaire Hunter, Ken Archer, Joe Sione.

THE RUNNERS UP ONE UNDER - Quintin Houpapa, Brooke, Cam Walker, Brendan Beirne
THE RUNNERS UP ONE UNDER – Quintin Houpapa, Brooke, Cam Walker, Brendan Beirne

LONGEST TEE SHOT - Barry Smith and Cecily Archer
LONGEST TEE SHOT – Barry Smith and Cecily Archer

TEE SHOT NEAREST PIN - Joe Thomsen, Cecily Archer
TEE SHOT NEAREST PIN – Joe Thomsen, Cecily Archer

THIRD PLACE ALL SQUARE - Trica and Tony McKendry, Issac Smith, John Brown.
THIRD PLACE ALL SQUARE – Trica and Tony McKendry, Issac Smith, John Brown

THE ONE OVERS - Barry Smith, Cecily Archer, Dean, John Hewitson
THE ONE OVERS – Barry Smith, Cecily Archer, Dean, John Hewitson

THE ALSO RANS - Toos and Jack Veltman, Matt Walker, Reagan Boyle
THE ALSO RANS – Toos and Jack Veltman, Matt Walker, Reagan Boyle

 THE TAIL ENDERS - Fred Ascouth, Nick Ascouth,Ashley Roper, Antonia Averes,Frank Averes
THE TAIL ENDERS – Fred Ascough, Nick Ascough, Ashley Roper, Antonia Averes, Frank Averes.

The longest putt was won by Ngaire Hunter.

Activities Over Holidays 2016 – 2017

AGM
Tuesday 27th December 2016. 3pm at the Hank Edwards Reserve. In the case of
inclement weather the AGM will be held in John Hewitson’s garage, 4 Cathryn Street.
BOAT DAY
Thursday 29th December 11am at river. Friday 30th December spare day 12 noon.
Get your rafts ready for the famous raft race
FUN SPORTS
Sunday 1st January 3pm at Hank Edwards Reserve.
AMBROSE GOLF
Monday 2nd January 2017 at 9.30am at Levin Golf Club.
You can register at AGM or contact Ngaire on 3626 007 or 021 1321 208
Teeing off at 10am so all golfers must be at the club by 9.30 at the latest.
18 HOLE GOLF
Wednesday 4th January 9.30am at Otaki Golf Club. This event will only be held if
there are enough entries.
To register please contact John on 3626 926 or at the AGM
Teeing off at 10am so all golfers must be at Otaki Golf Club by 9.30 at latest
SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION
Sunday 22nd January. Judging 3pm. This is held across the bridge to the left.
CHILDRENS BIG DIG
Sunday 22nd January at 3.30 across the bridge to the left.

We remember Irene Walker

This was first published in the Waikawa Beach Newsletter, November 2016:

The following obituary has been supplied by the Walker Family in memory of Irene Walker who passed away last week. [22 November 2016]

Irene Walker.

Irene Walker.

WAIKAWA’S OLDEST RESIDENT

On 1 August, Waikawa’s oldest resident, IRENE WALKER turned 100 years old and celebrated with a fantastic party at Tatum Park, where the then Mayor, Brendon Duffy, presented her with a letter from the Queen. She didn’t get home till 2am and loved every single minute of it.

Irene and George Walker bought one of the earliest sections to be subdivided off the Drake family farm in the late 50’s and which the family still own.

Those were the days when there was a gravel road from Manakau and farm gates to open and close on the way to the beach. Fresh milk was obtained from Drake’s milking shed which was situated close to the present start of the village and over the years they witnessed many changes at Waikawa Beach.

They retired to live here permanently in 1974 and being keen gardeners successfully grew show chrysanthemums for some years.

George suffered from emphysema and when quad bikes became available they bought one which then allowed them to go down to the beach white baiting which was another of their passions. In usual white baiting fashion, if you asked how many they caught the answer would always be “barely enough for a fritter” — never tell anyone what you actually caught!

Interestingly George never had a driving license so Irene did all the driving. Her family called her the ‘silver streak’ and she kept the license until her 100th birthday, but sensibly eased out of the driver’s seat after that.

Sadly, George died in 1987, but Irene remained at Waikawa developing an interest in art and pottery, being talented in both.

She still rode her quad bike but recently traded up to an automatic bike as she didn’t have the strength to change the gears.

Many people would see her going for her daily walk to keep fit and only these last couple of months did she slow down and needed more little rests which enabled her to stop for a chat.

She attributed her long life to being lucky with health, eating well — cream on her porridge, fat on the meat and getting out as many days as she could for fresh air and a walk.

She will now be walking with George who has been waiting patiently for 29 years.

She was a wonderful, vibrant, interesting woman and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

November 2016 Newsletter

WAIKAWA BEACH RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

NOVEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

Greetings all

I know it’s been a while since I sent out a newsletter but not a lot has happened over winter.

Orienteering

Please note that on Friday December 16th 2016 there will be an Australian Orienteering Training Camp on the private land across the bridge. This event will involve approximately 30 people and will last most of the day.

Please access the beach from the south for this day so as not to interfere with the training camp. Also please remember that the forest across the bridge is private land and we are very lucky to have access to it during the year.

Whitebaiting

The white baiting season is nearly over. Most people seem to be happy with their catches. The shags and spoonbills are enjoying feasting on the little fish that sneak past the nets.

Rabbits

Rabbits are running around everywhere, especially early evening and early morning. My cat is bringing baby rabbits inside to play with. Horizons will hopefully be dealing with this problem — the road side berms are a dangerous place to walk with little holes everywhere waiting to break your ankles.

When I lived at Paraparaumu Beach we were inundated with rabbits. WRC put down carrots laced with calicivirus through the sand hills. 12 years later, when I left the area, the rabbits numbers still had not come up to anywhere the problem we had before WRC stepped in.

Defibrillator

The defibrillator has been moved to the front of the toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve. The heat from the sun was damaging the battery so it had to be moved to a shadier place.

The river

The river has changed so much over the last few months. It used to wend it way south but now has cut itself a channel opposite what is left of the walkway/driveway from James St. It also looks really clean so let’s hope it stays that way for the summer season.

Christmas lights

Peter and Wendy are putting their Christmas lights up now and hope to have them ready to go on 5th December. Mind you with this wind they can’t do the roof lights til it calms down a bit.

Spectators at last years boat race.

Spectators at last year’s boat race.

The weather

The weather has been insane lately. When we aren’t dealing with earthquakes and rain we get this typical gusty windy spring weather. The rain and warmer weather means our lawns are growing so fast Peter & Wendy can hardly keep up.

Summer Family Days

Tuesday 27th December AGM 3pm at the Hank Edwards Reserve. In the case of

inclement weather the AGM will be held in John Hewitson’s garage, 4 Cathryn Street

Thursday 29th December BOAT DAY 11am under the bridge Friday 30th December BOAT DAY spare day 12 noon

GET YOUR RAFTS READY FOR THE FAMOUS RAFT RACE

Sunday 1st January SPORTS DAY at Hank Edwards Reserve at 3pm

Monday 2nd January AMBROSE GOLF TOURNAMENT at Levin Golf Club. You can register at AGM or contact Ngaire on 3626 007 or 021 1321 208 Teeing off at 10am so all golfers must be at the club by 9.30 at the latest

Wednesday 4th January 18 HOLE GOLF at Otaki Golf Club. This event will only be held if there are enough entries.

To register please contact John on 3626 926 or at the AGM

Teeing off at 10am so all golfers must be at Otaki Golf Club by 9.30 at latest

Sunday 22nd January SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION. This is held across the bridge to the left. Judging begins at 3pm

Sunday 23rd January BIG DIG at 3.30 across the bridge to the left

Julie Stichbury

District Neighbourhood Support Inc

Attached to this newsletter is a Form from the newly appointed Neighbourhood District Convenor for this area.

Although we maintain a database of members of our Association including contact phone numbers which is especially useful for weekenders, the newly formed District Neighbourhood Support Inc are keen to compile a database which will include all property owners in the district.

At our AGM to be held on Tuesday 27 December, Deborah will be in attendance and will speak to us on what they want to achieve. She will also receive competed forms. You will see on the form that she is trying to recruit street co-ordinators, can supply information packs and can put you on a list to receive updated information as it comes to hand. You are reminded that there have been a number of break-ins at the beach over the past year.

Also attending this year’s AGM will be Cr Christine Mitchell from Horowhenua District Council.

The following obituary has been supplied by the Walker Family in memory of Irene Walker who passed away last week.

Irene Walker.

Irene Walker.

WAIKAWA’S OLDEST RESIDENT

On 1 August, Waikawa’s oldest resident, IRENE WALKER turned 100 years old and celebrated with a fantastic party at Tatum Park, where the then Mayor, Brendon Duffy, presented her with a letter from the Queen. She didn’t get home till 2am and loved every single minute of it.

Irene and George Walker bought one of the earliest sections to be subdivided off the Drake family farm in the late 50’s and which the family still own.

Those were the days when there was a gravel road from Manakau and farm gates to open and close on the way to the beach. Fresh milk was obtained from Drake’s milking shed which was situated close to the present start of the village and over the years they witnessed many changes at Waikawa Beach.

They retired to live here permanently in 1974 and being keen gardeners successfully grew show chrysanthemums for some years.

George suffered from emphysema and when quad bikes became available they bought one which then allowed them to go down to the beach white baiting which was another of their passions. In usual white baiting fashion, if you asked how many they caught the answer would always be “barely enough for a fritter” — never tell anyone what you actually caught!

Interestingly George never had a driving license so Irene did all the driving. Her family called her the ‘silver streak’ and she kept the license until her 100th birthday, but sensibly eased out of the driver’s seat after that.

Sadly, George died in 1987, but Irene remained at Waikawa developing an interest in art and pottery, being talented in both.

She still rode her quad bike but recently traded up to an automatic bike as she didn’t have the strength to change the gears.

Many people would see her going for her daily walk to keep fit and only these last couple of months did she slow down and needed more little rests which enabled her to stop for a chat.

She attributed her long life to being lucky with health, eating well — cream on her porridge, fat on the meat and getting out as many days as she could for fresh air and a walk.

She will now be walking with George who has been waiting patiently for 29 years.

She was a wonderful, vibrant, interesting woman and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

School bus slid off Waikawa Beach Road near Takapu Road

[07 November 2016] A bus carrying children has crashed on Waikawa Beach Rd | Stuff.co.nz says:

A bus carrying children from Manakau School has crashed near Levin in Horowhenua.

The bus went over a bank at 3.05pm on Monday on Waikawa Beach Rd near Takapu Rd and Ketemaringi Way in Manakau, police said. …

Levin Police sergeant Jeffrey Lyver said there were nine children on the bus, and all had gone home with their parents.

The driver was taken to Palmerston North Hospital for a checkup on a “sore shoulder”.

Bus in a ditch.

Bus in a ditch. Photo from Stuff.