Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion: 08 June 2019

Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion: Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall.

RAMON STRONG, Group Manager River Management, Horizons Regional Council, will give a presentation on the report from Tonkin and Taylor about erosion at the river mouth and options for Horizons Regional Council to deal with that erosion.

Dated March 2019, the Tonkin and Taylor report is called Coastal Geomorphological Assessment And Management Options.

Read the report in summary and in full at

Options for action include:

  • Do nothing
  • River training: cutting, realign the groyne
  • Protect the banks: construct dunes, additional groynes, use rocks to protect shoreline
  • Combination of the above.

Any work is liable to add to our rates bills.

Please read the information available and prepare your questions. Discuss the report with friends and neighbours, and tell them about the public meeting which is open to all interested people. I hope we’ll see you there.

Erosion meeting flyer.

04 May 2019 opens the game bird hunting season

Just a reminder that Game Bird Hunting season opens on Saturday 04 May 2019.

Fish and Game have detailed information for hunters.

Remember it’s prohibited to discharge any firearm in the settlement.

Pet owners: your dog or cat may be frightened by the shooting. There are several lakes nearby and there’s usually quite a bit of shooting from around 6.30 am on the opening day of the season. Check with your vet about how to handle this.

Female and male mallard ducks with pukeko in the background.
Female and male mallard ducks with pukeko in the background.

Sand Sculpture Day 2019

Saturday 19 January 2019 was a cool and slightly drizzly day, but a hardcore group turned out to make sand sculptures. Many thanks to Stephen Betts for the photos below of Fat cat, Dog and Bone, Air B&B Waikawa, Club Sandwich, Dragon, Volcano and Rabbit. Debra Betts did the judging and John Hewitson handled prize giving. Many thanks too to Frank Averes for his help and support.

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