Beach community plan for Waitārere

Back in the Hanuere (January) 2020 Newsletter we asked you to think about what you value about Waikawa Beach. Then we added a post about the Residents Survey 2008 that looked at some of the values held back then.

The Horowhenua District Council is working its way around communities to develop a plan for each:

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Official 2018 stats about Waikawa (Horowhenua District)

We can now view Census data from 2018 and earlier for Waikawa:

Find 2018 Census data about Waikawa (Horowhenua District) (find map boundary). Topics include population, ethnicity, religion, health, employment, income, education, and housing.

Source: Place Summaries | Waikawa (Horowhenua District) | Stats NZ.

Note: this isn’t just Waikawa Beach, but an area that encompasses from the southern boundary to roughly Hokio Beach Road and from around Takapu Road to the sea.

Census area 2018.
Census area 2018.

This area included 750 people and about half the houses were occupied private dwellings.

Number of people: 750
Median age: 51.7 years
Males: 378
Females: 369
Number of Māori: 174
Māori median age: 31.7 years

Census population 2018.

Occupied private dwellings: 333
Unoccupied private dwellings: 342

The rest of the data is very interesting too. I suggest you take a look for yourself.

Reach out. Look out. Help out.

From the Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support folks:

There’s no better time than now to get to know your neighbours, start a Neighbourhood Support group or update your group contact details. Together let’s REACH OUT, LOOK OUT, and HELP OUT to keep our communities safe, resilient and connected. 🏘

Please make sure that you adhere to the Ministry of health guidelines when you meet people and enter into gatherings. Also remember that the most at risk are the Elderly, young and those with already existing health problems.

For the latest COVID-19 health advice, visit the Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora’s website.

As always, please stay up-to-date on the latest news at the above link so that you continue to make well informed decisions.

Please remember their are always little things we can do to help others. Collect groceries for those that may be self Isolating, Making a meal for someone, sometimes even ringing a Neighbour and seeing if they are ok.

If you know of anyone that may need some assistance please let me know and I will do my best to assist.

Please take care.

Kind Regards

Deborah Campbell

District Coordinator

Reach out. Look out. Help out.

Residents Survey 2008

In 2008 a firm called Corydon Consultants was contracted by the WBRA to survey Waikawa Beach residents. This was to provide information so the Association could respond to planning processes and resource consent applications.

The survey was taken between 21 December 2007 and 28 January 2008. 242 questionnaires were distributed.

The company then produced a printed 17 page report. The report was photographed in February 2020 and is attached below as a PDF.

People valued the natural environment and the undeveloped, low-key style of development, low rates, proximity to Levin and Ōtaki and the feeling of safety.

Things people didn’t like were to do with new housing development, vehicles on the beach disrupting the recreational experience for others and damaging the environment, and deterioration in environmental qualities.

2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents - cover.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents – cover.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents - Contents.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents – Contents.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents - valued qualities.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents – valued qualities.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents - not liked qualities.
2008 Survey of Waikawa Beach Residents – not liked qualities.

Residents survey 2008 in black and white (10 Mb PDF).

Can you help 3 abandoned Waikawa Beach cats?

Just before Christmas some people moved out from a house in the village and abandoned their pet cats. Concerned neighbours have been feeding the cats, hoping the owners would return to pick them up, but that hope is fading fast.

Before the neighbours take the cats to the SPCA, is anyone in Waikawa Beach wanting to adopt a cat?

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