Report from the Public Meeting on erosion

On Saturday 08 June 2019 Ramon Strong from Horizons Regional Council informed around 70 people about the findings of the Tonkin and Taylor Report on our river mouth and erosion.

Horowhenua District Council Mayor Michael Feyen, John Foxall and Hinewai Pouwhare-Anderson of Horizons, Councillor Lindsay Burnell of Horizons also attended and there were some 30 apologies.

Ramon Strong addresses the meeting.
Ramon Strong addresses the meeting. Cr Lindsay Burnell is on the far side and John Hewitson close to the camera.

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Will you be our WBRA Secretary?

Unfortunately John Russell, our Secretary appointed at the December 2018 AGM, has had to withdraw from the Committee because of overwhelming work obligations.

Thank you John, for all your work.

This leaves the WBRA without a crucial committee member. Could you step up to help until the next AGM (or even beyond)?

The Secretary role requires perhaps 2 or 3 hours per week, sometimes in bursts, and may be best served by someone who lives here or nearby.

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Congratulations to our own John Russell, MNZM

Our congratulations to our own John Russell (voted in as WBRA Secretary at the 2018 AGM). He was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour a couple of weeks ago for services to education.

The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: … Mr John Spencer Russell, of Porirua. To be Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Groyne changes at the river mouth, June 2019

The diggers did great work over the last two days and it’s good to see the rock groyne now lines up with the river and has been bolstered. The rocks have been laid fairly broad and low rather than narrower and higher.

With any luck this change will reduce the erosion caused by the river in times of flood, storm and high-tide by helping it move towards the sea rather than doubling back to the dunes.

The digger driver also shaped the vehicle entrance before leaving. It should at the moment keep any driver happy for ease of use.

The groyne now follows the upstream course of the river and bank.
The groyne now follows the upstream course of the river and bank.

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Diggers relocate the high-angle groyne

As promised, two diggers and a dump truck turned up first thing on Tuesday 11 June 2019 to dig out the high-angle rock groyne and use the rocks to build up the 1991 groyne.

The photos below show the diggers at work and fluorescent paint marking a strip where presumably the rocks will end up.

A digger scoops rocks out of the river.
A digger scoops rocks out of the river.

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