Oketopa (October) 2020 WBRA Newsletter

Kia ora koutou kātoa. Spring is definitely with us, bringing gales, late frosts, warm days, cold days, rain, and of course the Great Changing Of The Clocks. Handy phrase for the month: Kei te pupuhi te hau! (It’s windy!)

When the WBRA Committee meets at Labour Weekend we’ll be planning summer events and activities. Let’s hope that our Covid-19 reponse in this country continues well so we’ll be able to relax and run our usual activities.

Before then, of course, we have the General Election. There are many polling places available for those voting in this Ōtaki electorate, including the Manakau District Hall, 12 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau, from 9 am to 7 pm on 17 October 2020. You should have received your voting papers by now, so please make sure to cast your ballot.

  1. Property
  2. Population growth in Horowhenua
  3. Long Term Plan
  4. Spinifex planting
  5. Recycling
  6. WBRA Subscriptions are due now


For the longest time there weren’t really any properties for sale around Waikawa Beach then suddenly two houses were listed (4 Mavis Ave and 28 Sarah Street) and were sold within days. 3 Mavis Avenue and the section at 89 Strathnaver Drive are for sale at time of writing.

Population growth in Horowhenua

Horowhenua District Council is reporting that Population growth in Horowhenua is higher than the national average:

The review predicts 2.6% growth every year between now and 2029 compared to 1.2% growth nationally.

It seems reasonable to think that local housing demand will increase.

Long Term Plan

Air your views on Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2041.

The survey is open until 8am on Monday 19 October 2020. People can complete the survey online at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether or in hard copy at any Council customer service centre.

Further information is available at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether

Spinifex planting

A small but dedicated group turned out on Saturday 22 August 2020 to plant 3,500 spinifex and pīngao plants. Many thanks! Read more at: Waikawa Beach Planting Day 2020

Volunteers hard at work.
Volunteers hard at work. Note the new tape and how much sand has accumulated below last year’s tape.


Recycling remains a bit of an issue, with Horowhenua District Council releasing guidelines: What and when to recycle. Plenty of people are still confused about which week to put out recycling. We maintain a list of dates on the front page of our website. Over the Christmas period recycling will be collected on 07 and December 2020, 04 and 18 January 2021.

Last summer Horowhenua District Council placed a recycling station at the edge of Hank Edwards Reserve for about 3 months. This was very popular, with both locals and those from further away, however it created a very distressing noise problem for nearby houses with smashing glass and vehicle noises all day and sometimes all night. We’ll be discussing these issues again with the Council before summer.

Get recycling right poster.

WBRA Subscriptions are due now

The new financial year for the WBRA has begun and that means it’s time to pay your subs. We have a couple of changes this year: we’re able to email receipts, but we need to know your email address.

We’re also trying to make sure our Waikawa Beach database is up-to-date. People have moved out, or in, email addresses have changed, names have changed, and some of the information we have is really old.

Please visit waikawabeach.org.nz/subs-form/ to send us your current contact details (and sub payment date) so we can make sure our membership list is up-to-date.

And please, same as last time just really isn’t helpful, unless you have secret access to our database and know for sure what info we have.

Subs this year are the same as last year: $25.

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 fill in the form mentioned above or email wbra.committee@gmail.com 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.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Population growth in Horowhenua is higher than the national average

In the last few weeks two houses have sold very quickly in the Waikawa Beach village. Not too surprising, when the population growth rate in Horowhenua is higher than the national average.

From the Horowhenua District Council on 15 October 2020, Population growth in Horowhenua will continue to outpace the country:

The population growth rate in Horowhenua will continue to outpace the rest of New Zealand for the next decade, a review of the Horowhenua Socio-Economic Projections has found. …

The review predicts 2.6% growth every year between now and 2029 compared to 1.2% growth nationally. From 2029 to 2039, the predicted growth is 2.8%. Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden said population growth in Horowhenua outstripped the national growth rate for four years in a row, and it will continue to do so for the rest of the 2020s.

“By 2041, more than 62,000 people will live in Horowhenua – that’s larger than Whanganui and slightly less than live in Kāpiti now,” he said.

“The new expressways to the south have led to Horowhenua being named as a growth area by the Greater Wellington Region. …

Chief Executive David Clapperton said … We estimate that we need to double the annual build rate to 560 homes every year for the next 20 years.”

At its meeting of 14 October, Horowhenua District Council adopted this population growth assumption as the basis for planning its Long Term Plan 2021-2041. …

Group Manager Customer and Strategy David McCorkindale said … “We do not want to end up like growth cities that suffer from congestion, infrastructure issues, overcrowded classrooms and GP waiting rooms,”

Of course, we already suffer from congestion on SH1 and those who use the town water supply in Levin and elsewhere already endure restrictions every summer.

What and when to recycle

Horowhenua District Council collects recycling from Waikawa Beach every second Monday. Upcoming dates are:

  1. 12 October 2020
  2. 26 October 2020
  3. 9 November 2020
  4. 23 November 2020
  5. 7 December 2020
  6. 21 December 2020
  7. 4 January 2021
  8. 18 January 2021

Also check the right-hand side of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association website for dates.

Get recycling right poster.

Continue reading “What and when to recycle”

Free Covid-19 tests in Ōtaki on Tuesday 13 October 2020

In a press release from Mid-Central DHB:

COVID-19 testing efforts continue in MidCentral region

Testing for any cases of COVID-19 in the MidCentral DHB region continues, with temporary pop up sites being set up in Foxton and Ōtaki for anyone who wants a test.

The first pop-up will take place on Saturday, 10 October, at the Foxton Rugby Club clubrooms at Easton Park from 10am to 4pm. Following that, there will be a pop-up in Ōtaki on Tuesday, 13th October [2020], at the Main St carpark behind the Te Runanga O Raukawa Inc and Ōtaki Museum buildings from 10am to 4pm.

Continue reading “Free Covid-19 tests in Ōtaki on Tuesday 13 October 2020”

Air your views on Council’s Long Term Plan 2021-2041

Horowhenua District Council is inviting the community to help shape its Long Term Plan 2021-2041:

“Our Long Term Plan is the key document that sets out Council’s priorities for the next 20 years. As we develop the plan, decisions will need to be made about what we should prioritise. We need your input to decide what the priorities should be,” [Mayor Bernie Wanden] said.

He said the Long Term Plan 2021-2041 will cover a transformative period for the district.

“Our population is growing rapidly, and we expect well over 50,000 people to call Horowhenua home by 2041. It’s important that we plan for the needs and opportunities growth presents. The LTP will give us a clear plan for creating the best possible future for our people.”

The survey asks people what the top priorities for Council investment should be, and how much of a rates increase they would be willing to pay to fund improvements.

Long Term Plan Project Manager, Ashley Huria said public feedback would be used to help inform elected member decision making in developing the Long Term Plan.

“By carrying out a survey before we’ve drafted the plan, we can ensure the community’s voice helps to shape the Long Term Plan right from the beginning,” she said.

“In March and April next year, there will be formal community consultation on the Long Term Plan Consultation Document and supporting information that will give people the opportunity to give us their views on key topics. We’ll then refine the plan, and we expect to finalise and adopt it by 30 June next year.”

The survey is open until 8am on Monday 19 October 2020. People can complete the survey online at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether or in hard copy at any Council customer service centre.

Further information is available at horowhenua.govt.nz/growingourfuturetogether

Spring Quiz Night Friday 18 September 2020

The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents Spring Quiz Night

Date: Friday 18th September 2020

Time 7.30 start

Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports Club. Corner of Honi Taipua and Mokena Kohere Streets

Cost: $10 per person

Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team. If you don’t have 5 we can help you make up a team on the night. Please make sure you register as we were at our maximum at our last quiz night.

Register your team by contacting Kimbal 36 26 395, mchugo@woosh.co.nz or John 36 26 723, johnhailwood@actrix.co.nz.

Refreshments: The Bowling club bar will be open. Light snack food will be served during the evening

The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening with all funds raised being used by the MDCA for projects that benefit the community

Please support your community by entering a team.

Quiz Night September 2020 flyer. (37 KB Docx) Same info as above but with better layout and formatting.