Waikawa Beach is a safe and serene spot in the sun. It’s a hidden treasure, not known by many, but a true taonga for those who live or visit here.
We want to protect and enhance that taonga, and the interests of our ratepayers and residents. We want to create and foster interest in the progress and welfare of Waikawa Beach.
We’re always working on ways to protect and develop our community, such as:
- the Hank Edwards Reserve and changing sheds
- the boat ramp
- the vehicle entrance to the beach
- the summer recycling truck
- finding solutions for the ongoing rabbit problem
- a new walkway project
- the defibrillator, and signs so you can find it
- discussions with the Council, Horizons, LTSA and others on roading, speed limits and other matters that affect all of us.
- summer fun days and boat races
- summer golf tournaments.
The Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association serves to bring our community together and to find ways to better enjoy our very special environment.
The Waikawa Beach Residents Association was formed in 1974 and is open to membership from all residents of Waikawa Beach and the surrounding areas of Waikawa Heights and Strathnaver.
From the July 2014 Newsletter:
On 31st August 1974 at 2.30 a group of 27 rate paying residents, (the actual wording in the Minutes was: Present: 27 Ratepaying residents whose names are attached herewith, some of whom were accompanied by their wives or friends. ) met at Mr Howard Hurn’s property in Drake Street to discuss forming an association. The outcome of this meeting was the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association.
The Annual General Meeting is held at the end of December. At this meeting the committee for the ensuing year are elected.
The 2019 Committee
Chairman: John Hewitson
Secretary: John Russell (resigned, June 2019)
Treasurer: Elaine White
Committee Members: Debra Betts, Dominic Hayden, Gary Whitaker, John Sharp, Lesley-Anne Walker, Liz Duncan, Miraz Jordan, Warwick Bainbridge, Yvonne Small.
Note: John Russell was voted on at the AGM but reluctantly withdrew in June 2019 from the Committee because of work committments.
Our subscription year starts on 01 October each year. Subs are $25 per year.
Pay online to account 03 0667 0268929 000. Please include your name and beach address so we know who’s paid. There’s not a lot of space on the bank form, so it also helps if you email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, beach address, postal address, email address and date of payment so we can make sure our records are completely up to date.
Or, post a cheque to E White, PO Box 30309, Lower Hutt. However you pay your subscription be sure to include your beach address and name.
Rules Of The Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association
adopted at the AGM December 2007
The name of the Association shall be Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association Incorporated
To promote and protect the interests of Ratepayers and the residents of the district and to create and foster public interest in all matters affecting the progress and welfare of the district.
To do all things necessary for or incidental to the attainment of the above objects.
Membership is open to all residents over the age of 18 years, residing in the Waikawa Beach district, and all non-resident ratepayers of properties situated within the same area.
A member may resign from membership by giving notice to the secretary.
Membership will lapse if a member is un-financial.
Membership will lapse if the residential or ratepayers qualification are not complied with.
4. Register of Members
The Secretary shall keep a record of members and their addresses.
5. Life Membership
The Association may at any General Meeting elect to honorary life membership of the Association, any person who has rendered outstanding service to the Association and any person so elected shall not be subject to the membership qualifications nor to any financial obligations imposed by these rules.
6. Membership Fees
The membership fee will be decided at the Annual General Meeting.
7. Financial Year
The financial year shall begin on 1 October and end on 30 September each year.
8. Management of the Association
The management and control of the affairs of the Association shall be vested in the Chairperson and Committee.
Notice of General Meetings shall be given to all members by email, newsletter and on the Association web site, with twenty – eight days notice.
A Special General Meeting may be called by the Committee, by the Chairperson and Secretary or at the request of any 5 members.
The Annual General Meeting shall be held before 15 January each year. This meeting shall elect a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and a Committee of 6 and no more than 12 members. The Annual Report and Annual Accounts will be approved. Notices of motion must be lodged with the Secretary 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
The quorum for a Committee meeting shall be the majority of members.
The quorum for any General Meeting shall be not less than 10 members.
At all General Meetings every financial member present shall have one vote. The Chairperson shall have a casting vote at all General Meetings or Committee Meetings. All voting shall be by a show of hands or secret ballot.
12. Alterations to these Rules
These rules may be altered by resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of members present at any General Meetings, provided that due notice of the change has been given to all members.
13. Common Seal
The Common Seal of the Association shall be kept in the custody of the Secretary and shall not be affixed to any document except with the authority of the Committee. The affixing of the Seal to any document shall be attested by the Chairperson and the Secretary or one other member of the Committee.
14. Control and Investment of Associations Funds
All subscriptions and other monies received by the Association shall be under the control of the Committee, who shall keep full records and have the power to operate a bank account and invest monies.
Cheques and other financial transactions shall be made on the signature of any two from the Treasurer, Chairperson , Secretary or one other nominated Committee member.
The Association may be wound up by resolution of a special general meeting called for the purpose and confirmed at a further general meeting held not earlier than 28 days after the passing of the resolution for winding up.
Any surplus assets shall be given or transferred to some other institution or Society operating within the area as may be determined at such confirming meeting of the Association.
Honorary Life Members
- Erica Wyatt (April 2007).
- John Hewitson (January 2014). In speaking to the motion Erica Wyatt told us of John’s service of over 10 years as Chairman of the WBRA and of the many odd jobs that he has carried out for the community.