Spring Quiz Night Friday 18 September 2020

The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents Spring Quiz Night

Date: Friday 18th September 2020

Time 7.30 start

Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports Club. Corner of Honi Taipua and Mokena Kohere Streets

Cost: $10 per person

Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team. If you don’t have 5 we can help you make up a team on the night. Please make sure you register as we were at our maximum at our last quiz night.

Register your team by contacting Kimbal 36 26 395, mchugo@woosh.co.nz or John 36 26 723, johnhailwood@actrix.co.nz.

Refreshments: The Bowling club bar will be open. Light snack food will be served during the evening

The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening with all funds raised being used by the MDCA for projects that benefit the community

Please support your community by entering a team.

Quiz Night September 2020 flyer. (37 KB Docx) Same info as above but with better layout and formatting.

Reminder: spinifex planting Saturday 22 August 2020

We’ve checked with Ben Wood from Horowhenua District Council and the spinifex planting is still scheduled to go ahead on Saturday at 9.30, rain or shine (within reason).

Bring a friend, a spade, maybe some gloves for handling plant trays etc. Feel free to wear a mask. There will be a sign-in sheet and maybe a QR code to scan.

Please join us at the north end of Reay Mackay Grove and lend a hand to plant a few plants.

See you there! Ka kite anō!

Beware military exercises on Waikawa Beach 17-28 August 2020

Info from the Horowhenua District Council via Facebook:

⚠️ NZDF Exercises on Horowhenua Beaches ⚠️
The NZDF will be conducting communications training on Hokio Beach, Waikawa Beach, Waitārere Beach and Foxton Beach from Monday 17 August to Friday 28 August [2020]. All beaches will still be accessible during this time, but please be mindful if you are in the area.

Many thanks to Charlie Strivens for bringing this to our attention.

Spinifex planting 9.30 am Saturday 22 August 2020 — please join in

We had an email from Ben Wood, Parks and Property Officer, Horowhenua District Council:

We’d like to carry out a planting day of Spinifex (2500 plants) and Pingao (500 plants) on Saturday the 22nd of August starting at 9:30am.

In other years planting has gone very quickly — with enough volunteers it can take as little as an hour.

Please join us at the north end of Reay Mackay Grove and lend a hand to plant a few plants.

Bring a spade (if you can) and some friends or family.

See Spinifex and pīngao were planted for tips on planting (it’s really easy) and photos from 2019 and Quick work on the Spinifex planting for 2018’s report.

Plantings from previous years have grown really well. Just look at the photos below from 2014 and 2016!

May 2016 - north track off Reay Mackay Grove.
May 2016 – north track off Reay Mackay Grove.
January 2014-  north beach track off Reay Mackay Grove.
January 2014- north beach track off Reay Mackay Grove. That board walk is now under a couple of metres of sand.

The footbridge changes but the fishing remains the same

Tyler Gilberd shows off his catch.
Tyler Gilberd shows off his catch.

10 year old Tyler Gilberd from Norna Grove did a spot of fishing off the footbridge a couple of weeks back, and came home with a big herring.

It’s great to know kids are still fishing off the bridge as they have done for over fifty years.

And while a spot of fishing off the bridge hasn’t changed in 50 years, the bridge itself has! Thank goodness.

Thanks to LA Walker for sending Tyler’s photo in, along with the photo below of the footbridge as it used to be in the early 1970s. Looking back from left to right: Gibson, Webb and Walker’s houses in Drake St.

The footbridge in the 1970s.
The footbridge in the 1970s.

Hunting and fishing seasons 2020

The Covid-19 Level 4 Alert stopped game bird hunting, game hunting and fishing. Once NZ moves into the Alert Level 3 on 28 April 2020 though things change somewhat.

The official source of information is Fish and Game NZ. Check there for updates and more detailed information.

Fishing and Hunting under Level 3 Lockdown

Starting Tuesday April 28

Hunting: For information on hunting under Level 3 Lockdown [see below]

Fishing: Shore based fishing is permitted, close to home and within your bubble. More details [see below]

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