Can you help 3 abandoned Waikawa Beach cats?

Just before Christmas some people moved out from a house in the village and abandoned their pet cats. Concerned neighbours have been feeding the cats, hoping the owners would return to pick them up, but that hope is fading fast.

Before the neighbours take the cats to the SPCA, is anyone in Waikawa Beach wanting to adopt a cat?

If you’re interested or have any other information please text as soon as possible to: 0273242231.

The cats are very friendly: all females, one around 8 months old, the other two a bit older. None of them appear pregnant.

The youngest one is the photo I have labelled Spotty, next eldest would be Torti and then Tabby would be the eldest. Tabby is not very old by the look of her.

I don’t know if they are microchipped or speyed. I do know that Torti and Tabby were being fed by the people that have left. Spotty is a new hungry wee thing that seems to be part of their group as there is no fighting when they are feeding.

Small cat.
Cat from above.
Tortoiseshell cat.
Tortoiseshell cat.
Tabby cat.

Fewer crashes nearby in 2019

Safety might be improving on the stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin. While frequent congestion is still obvious, and perhaps even getting worse, the number of crashes and fatalities has declined between 2018 and 2019.

In response to an Official Information Request we received the following information.

Crashes reported to the Wellington Transport Operations Centre on SH1 between Mill Road (Ōtaki) and Hokio Beach Road (Levin):

In 2018 there were 64 crashes. 12 incidents required the road to be closed and 2 were recorded as causing delays. The remaining 50 incidents were recorded as the road remained open with no delays.

In 2019 there were 43 crashes. 4 incidents required the road to be closed and another 3 were recorded as causing delays. The remaining 36 were recorded as the road remained open with no delays.

In 2018 four people died as a result of four vehicle crashes.

In 2019 one person died as a result of one vehicle crash.

See also: Crashes and congestion nearby in 2019.

Attached is the actual reply to the Official Information Request: OIA-6257 response (120 KB PDF).

Whitebaiting rules may change

The country’s whitebaiting rules are set to change in an effort to save the four species currently threatened or at risk of extinction.…

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. … said there were no plans to introduce a licensing system for recreational fishers or a ban on the commercial sale of whitebait within New Zealand.

But the changes do recommend phasing out the export of whitebait.

Consultation and public meetings will be held through until 2 March and final decisions will be made later this year.

Source: New whitebaiting rules proposal includes phasing out exports | RNZ News.

Dangerous and unwanted: Sea Spurge plants

We’ve received information from Horowhenua District Council and Department of Conservation about a weed we do not want in our dunes: Euphorbia paralias or Sea Spurge:

…a potentially serious weed threat for our coastal dunes.

DOC have confirmed that a single plant of this type has been identified at Himitangi Beach, and that care must be taken as the sap is harmful.

If sighted it needs to be reported to the MPI Biosecurity NZ Exotic Pest and Disease hotline 0800 80 99 66 as soon as possible.

The plant in Himitangi had not seeded so great that it appears to be an isolated plant not established and spreading.

Any help in keeping this from becoming established in our unique dunelands would be greatly appreciated and the more eyes we have out there looking, the better.

Please look out for this plant as you go about Waikawa Beach. If you see any don’t touch but do note its location, take a photo if possible and contact the Hotline above.

Sea Spurge plant.
Sea Spurge plant in close-up at Himitangi Beach.
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