Toilet block update 18 June 2019

Plumbers visited the toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve today and dug a trench so they could investigate what’s going on with the pipes around the septic tank. The holes have been filled in again and we’re waiting to hear the verdict.

The actual fix depends on what they found in their explorations, but they mentioned the possibility of doing an interim fix so we could use the toilets. If larger work is required, such as new trenches and pipes, then resource consents and so on could take months.

They do understand that we want the toilet block fully functional before the summer holidays.

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OpenTopography map shows erosion and accretion

A community member drew my attention to the OpenTopography project and the map that can be created showing erosion and accretion over part of Waikawa Beach between 2013 and 2015.

Topography measures the height of natural features, such as the ground. If you compare how high the ground is between two different years you can detect how much that height has changed.

To generate the map for yourself you will need to watch the very clear and helpful 10-minute explanatory video.

The maps below are what I produced after watching the tutorial.

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Hank Edwards toilet block closed

The Horowhenua District Council have visited the Hank Edwards toilet block this morning to deal with the problem of water overflowing. Their immediate action has been to close the whole toilet block until further notice.

There’s an overflow pipe which takes overflow water from all the toilets to the septic tank. That pipe has blocked (repeatedly).

The fix isn’t yet clear as to whether it simply needs flushing out again or some more major work involving a new trench, and the various resource consents and so on that go with such work.

We’ll update everyone as soon as we know what the next steps will be.

Committee Diary 17 June 2019

  1. For maybe the third or fourth time in the last 6 months or so the women’s toilet at Hank Edwards Reserve is overflowing. We’ve alerted the Horowhenua District Council and they’ve promised to attend to it promptly. We’ve asked for a permanent fix. By the way: the water comes from a bore nearby. Customer Request No 146458/2019.
  2. John Hewitson has checked the AED Defibrillator today and found the pads are good till June 2020. However, the device is overdue for a general check so he’s looking into that.
  3. Recreation Services have the mowers out today.
  4. The all-purpose entrance is holding up well so far. The groyne seems to be doing its job. We have a pretty high tide and the bay is full.
Water flowing out to the footpath.

Water flowing out to the footpath.

Groyne doing its job at high tide
Groyne doing its job at high tide

Manakau Indoor Bowling Club

Looking for something new and fun to do on a Monday night, then come down to the Manakau Community Hall and give indoor bowls a try!

Monday nights March – September from 7:15pm

Manakau Community Hall, Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau

Everyone is welcome

Contact: Sue on (06) 362 6782 or Graham on (06) 364 5584 for more information.

Manakau Indoor Bowling Club details.
Manakau Indoor Bowling Club details.

Pipiri (June) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. We’re almost at the turning point of the year: soon the days will grow longer and the Matariki stars will appear above the horizon in the morning sky. It’s a time to remember the dead, celebrate new life and plant new crops.

There’s been a bit happening lately, so we have news to report. And also a request: John Russell has been overtaken by pressing work commitments and has had to withdraw as Secretary of the WBRA, effective immediately. We urgently need someone to take over from him. Could it be you? See details at: and step up to volunteer.

In this newsletter …

  1. Congratulations to our own John Russell, MNZM
  2. Public Meeting about beach erosion: 08 June 2019
  3. The high-angle groyne has been removed
  4. Horizons Regional Council State of Environment Report
  5. Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project workshop
  6. Recycling calendar 2019-2020
  7. Rural road speed reductions affect us all
  8. Brief updates from the Horowhenua District Council
  9. Property news
  10. Next Committee meeting
  11. Subscriptions and contact info
  12. Do you know: Ten-Five is the number for non-urgent Police calls.

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