Toxic shellfish alert, August 2018

These signs warning against eating shellfish have appeared at Waikawa Beach in the last couple of days.

Danger toxic shellfish sign at vehicle entrance.

Danger toxic shellfish sign at vehicle entrance.

The signs have been put up by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), though the web address shown on the bottom of the signs only leads to an error page. The correct link is shown below.

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Beware the seal pups

This is the time of year when seal pups come ashore to rest. They look like driftwood from a distance. Please keep speeds down, and dogs close and watch out for the seals.

In recent weeks there have been seal pups on the beach.They look so much like bits of driftwood from a distance. Please keep a sharp eye out, leash dogs if you see a seal, and drive very carefully.

Tiny seal on the beach 17 August 2018.
Tiny seal on the beach 17 August 2018.
Young seal on the beach 08 August 2018.
Young seal on the beach 08 August 2018.

August 2018 Newsletter

Kia ora Waikawa whānau. Well, pollen season is upon us. The yellow is everywhere, even down on the beach.

In this newsletter …

  1. The pollen is upon us
  2. Footbridge refurbishment complete
  3. Beach access
  4. River update
  5. Whitebaiting season starts on 15 August
  6. Lose some, win some
  7. Property news
  8. Did you know: Waikawa Beach, population 3,000

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Village entrance blind spot work 20 August 2018

Unfortunately the trees at the village entrance create a dangerous blind spot. They’ll be trimmed back in August 2018.

One of the striking things when a newcomer first arrives at Waikawa Beach is the planting at the village entrance. First planted by volunteers in October 2005, the trees and shrubs have now grown up so much that they create a blind spot and don’t meet roading regulations. On 20 August 2018 they are to be severely cut back.

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