About the Association

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
  • summer recycling
  • 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 and elects the committee for the following year.


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 treasurer@waikawabeach.org.nz 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.

Incorporation in 1976


NZBN: 9429042896005

Incorporation Number: 217884

Incorporated Society Status: Registered

Date of Incorporation: 28-Jan-1976

Rules Of The Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association

adopted at the AGM December 2007

1. Name

The name of the Association shall be Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association Incorporated

2. Objects

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.

3. Membership

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.

9. Meetings

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.

10. Quorums

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.

11. Voting

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.

15. Dissolution

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.

5 thoughts on “About the Association”

  1. Hi

    OK I’ve paid my fees now…..but I would like to find out whether there is any interest out there for starting a regular farmers market on the reserve….I like making marinades and relishes; chillie jam (and they are pretty good too)and I grow fresh herbs which I make sage butter and sage oil (sage goes great with potatoes) and other excess product from the garden…..I don’t know about the logistics of it but would anyone else be interested in being involved in such a project? cheers veronica

  2. Proposed rates rise 2014/2015. Buried on the left hand side of page four and six paragraphs down – instead of being a major news story (which it is) – the Horowhenua Chronicle informs us that our local council plan on increasing rates by an average of 9.92 percent! HDC chief executive officer David Clapperton is quoted as calling this increase a sensible approach to setting budget for the 2014/2015 year in order to meet statutory requirements under section 100 of the Local Government Amendment Act essentially ‘to balance the budget’. And this is the council led by Mayor Brendan Duffy who said the council’s financials were in good health in the run up to the last local body elections. And what exactly is section 100 of the Local Government Amendment Act? A “rip off your local community” Act or what? This rates rise is unacceptable. The draft annual budget will be published on March 21 and the public have until April 22 to make submissions. So get writing folks.

  3. An update for those about the Insurance Council’s response to residents who own property that is listed as being in the coastal hazard erosion zone.
    “Hi Veronica. The insurers are all consistent in their expectations where Hazard
    Warning Notices (HWN) have been applied. All insurers regard a HWN as information material to the evaluation – underwriting – of a new risk. As such it should be disclosed and in fact many specifically ask if such a notice applies when they are asked to provide cover. Depending on their assessment of the risk potential this may influence the
    nature of the ongoing cover. Insurers treat any council classification of hazards notified on Lim’s as a material fact. The degree to which they respond varies according to their views on the quality of the decision making that has gone into their action. They
    will look to understand the details before deciding if specific underwriting is
    needed. Property owners have an obligation to notify the insurers, but obviously this
    can only be done when the property owners have been notified themselves. If the
    Council sneaks in and puts a HWN on the property title without telling the
    property owner, then the property owner won’t be able to notify the insurer.
    Until the property owner finds out there would be no impact on their insurance.
    This is something that we are discussing with Local Gov’t NZ.”

  4. Hello,
    We have lived here for 16 years and having experienced some pretty strong earthquakes are wondering why there is no Tsunami siren as is present at other west coast beaches,There was one not long ago north of Kapiti Is which if it had been a strong one could have generated a tsunami.
    Do we have to go to the council to get some action?
    It would not take much of a tidal wave to wipe out most of the west coast beaches!
    John Powell

    1. There is information linked from this page: https://www.civildefence.govt.nz/resources/tsunami-warning-sirens/ that suggests: each Council chooses whether or not to install and use sirens and there are disadvantages to sirens. I haven’t read the linked documents, but my feeling is that it’s probably expensive, especially for our tiny population at Waikawa Beach. What’s more, official advice is: “long and strong, get gone”. If we follow that, a siren may simply be redundant. If you look into this more, please let us know what you find. ^Miraz Jordan

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