Summer Activities schedule 2019-2020

As usual, we have plenty of activities planned for the summer. ALL WELCOME: you don’t have to be a member of the WBRA to join in. If you’re staying at Waikawa Beach then come and have some fun.

Date Time Activity Notes
Friday 27 December 2019 3 pm AGM Hank Edwards Reserve. Bring a chair. If wet, at Manakau Hall.
Saturday 28 December 2019 10.30 am Boat Day At the footbridge. If the weather’s bad it’ll be on Sunday 29 December at 11.30 am.
Monday 30 December 2019 am 18 Hole Golf We need a good turnout so let us know if you’re interested. Email Normally held at Ōtaki then back to Waikawa Beach for refreshments.
Wednesday 01 January 2019 2 pm Sports Day Hank Edwards Reserve.
Friday 03 January 2020 10.30 am Ambrose Golf Email to register your interest.
Saturday 04 January 2020 Judging at 3 pm Sand Sculpture Day Cross the bridge and turn left.

Most activities depend on the weather so check the noticeboard, the blackboard or the website for last-minute updates.

Stones left on Hank Edwards Reserve to be cleared

After the toilet block problems were fixed a few months ago, a fair few sharp stones were left behind on the grass. WBRA Chair, John Hewitson recently contacted the relevant folks at the Council:

Please find attached a photo of the rocks/stones left as residue after the replacement of the Septic Tank drain field on the Hank Edwards Reserve.

Because this is the sole grassed playing area at Waikawa Beach and where our sports events are held, would you please arrange to have all the surplus metal removed and the grass surface restored.

Stones on Hank Edwards Reserve.
Stones on Hank Edwards Reserve.

The Council replied on 09 September 2019: Thanks for bringing this to my attention. We’ll have the site tidied up.

Fingers crossed this one gets quickly sorted out.

Horse Events 14 September and 06 October 2019

We have been advised about a Wellington Area Trail Riding Club ride:

There will be an annual Horse Event (PDF) on the private land across the footbridge on Sunday 06 October 2019.

It will be through the forest and to the foreshore so probably there will be no access over the bridge for most of the day.

There will of course be signs advising the public.

There is also a Distance Riding Event on Saturday 14 September 2019 from noon to 7 pm. That takes place on the beach.

Even if you’re not on the beach on either of those dates please be aware there may be horses and riders around on the roads nearby. Always slow right down past horses and give them and their riders plenty of space as you pass.

(Summer) yoga classes?

Over on the Waikawa Beach Facebook page is a request for yoga classes on Sundays, especially over summer. These could be held on Hank Edwards Reserve, or perhaps on the beach.

An instructor could ask for gold coin donation or charge a small fee — for example, Tai Chi classes at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō in Levin are $6 per session.

Are you someone who’d like to offer a public yoga session at Waikawa Beach? Or would you like to participate in one?

Add your request or offer in the comments.

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.