Dog registration fee increase

Horowhenua District Council recently set the fees and fine schedules for dogs and other animals for the coming financial year. Most fees have increased slightly over last year:

These fees and charges were adopted by Council at the 25 May 2021 meeting and will be effective from 1 July 2021.

Fees may be paid during July 2021.

Fees include:

  • De-sexed Pet (Urban & Rural) (Class 3 & 17): $79.00
  • Entire Pet (Urban & Rural) (Class 11 & 14): $132.00
  • Failure to register dog: $300.00
  • Failure to keep dog controlled or confined: $200.00
  • Failure to keep dog under control: $200.00
  • Failure to carry leash in public: $100.00.

More details: Animal Control – Fees & Charges – Horowhenua District Council.

Changes to whitebaiting regulations

The regulations around whitebaiting are changing, starting with the 2021 season. A few highlights below, but if you are a whitebaiter read the whole item at source.

Changes to whitebaiting regulations will improve the sustainability of threatened species, while ensuring that Kiwis can continue the tradition of catching a feed in their local river into the future, Acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says. …

The planned changes fit with the Government’s manifesto commitment to protect, preserve and restore our natural heritage and biodiversity. They address identified issues and focus on practicality and common sense and follow two years of engagement, including consultation on proposed regulations which attracted over 11,500 submissions. …

Changes will be phased in over three seasons …

2021 season, changes will include:

  • Fishing will be prohibited within 20 metres of structures such as weirs and groynes where fish congregate.
  • The maximum incursion of fishing gear (excluding stands) into a waterway, will be one-quarter of its width, nationwide.

2022 season, changes will include:

  • The season to shorten to 1 Sept – 30 October for all New Zealand

Source: Protecting the whitebait fishery for future generations | Beehive.govt.nz.

Fatal crash near Kuku East Road on 02 June 2021

Further to this morning’s notification that the road to Levin was closed, RadioNZ reports:

The crash involved a car and a motorbike and occurred on SH1 between Whakahoro Road and Kuku East Road about 5.35am.

The motorbike rider and pillion passenger died at the scene.

The road was partly reopened around 10.30 am but it is expected to take quite a while for the backlog to clear.

Road to Levin closed, Wednesday morning 02 June 2021

A crash has completely closed the road from Waikawa Beach to Levin this morning:

Reports of a serious car v motorcycle crash just south of Kuku/Levin at the old church corner southbound.

6.40AM Traffic update, Wednesday 2nd June: serious crash SH1 Kuku Levin – SH1 is completely closed til further notice

UPDATE 6.50AM can confirm that the road is completely closed til further notice now – at least a few hours. Only detour is via Palmy/SH2/Wellington

Northbound is now back past North Manakau Rd and southbound is back to the Ohau Domain

Facebook report on road closure.
Facebook report on road closure.

Blood Moon, May 2021

Did you see the total lunar eclipse the other night? Daniel Anderson posted a photo on the Waikawa Beach Facebook page and gave permission for it to be posted here as well.

Blood Moon.
Blood Moon. Photo by Daniel Anderson.

At first when the Moon rose it was so bright you could hardly see any stars.

It takes our eyes quite a while to adjust to darkness after being in the light — up to 30 minutes. After being in a lit room, give your eyes half an hour or so before you can see all the stars the dark sky has to offer.

Gradually though, with the moon’s light dimming, more and more stars were visible. By the time of the total eclipse, around 11.15 pm, the Moon was barely to be seen but the Milky Way was phenomenally bright!

We’re so lucky here at the beach to have amazingly dark skies — it’s a rare treasure in this brightly lit world.

We can all play a part in preserving this taonga by keeping outdoor lights pointed at the ground, and turning them off when they’re not needed.

RIP Elaine White

It with great sadness that we advise the Waikawa Beach community that Elaine White passed away last Sunday.

Our deepest condolences go to her family and friends.

As Treasurer Elaine kept the finances in perfect order for the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association since 01 January 2013. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and acquaintances in this community.

Elaine White death notice.