Congratulations John Hewitson, Civic Honour recipient

We would like to congratulate John Hewitson on earning a Horowhenua Civic Honour for his service over the last 20+ years to the Waikawa Beach community.

John serves his community, quietly, with dedication and goodwill and without hesitation. He cares deeply about the community and the people within it.

With all of his involvement John does it quietly and willingly, serving his community with good humour and a deep compassion.

John Hewitson, centre, with Mayoress and Mayor Bernie Wanden.
The award and scroll.

Super Saturday Covid vaccination locations Mid-Central

We’ve been asked to share the attached information with our community. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 please join in on this event to help us all keep safe.

MidCentral DHB Super Saturday 16 October 2021

Levin locations:

Clinic Location Time
Muaūpoko Tribal Authority and Raukawa Whānau Ora Drive-Through (Levin) Donnelly Park, Atkin Avenue, Levin 9am to 2.30pm
Berry’s Health Care Pharmacy (Levin) 62 Liverpool Street, Levin 9am to 5pm

Horowhenua clinics will be offering prizes and incentives to people who come and get vaccinated on Saturday 16th October [2021].

Up-to-date information for the vaccination clinics for Super Saturday can be found at:

Note: the above link gives a full list of vaccination sites for the event, including in Ōtaki.

Note: we were recently (08 October 2021) advised by Deborah Campbell, District Coordinator, Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support that in the Waikawa Beach area 70.5% of people have already had their first shot, and 44.4% have had their second shot.

Vaccinations by district.
Covid 19 vaccine header.

Horowhenua Regional Super Saturday Timetable. (260 KB PDF)

Wanted: year-long rental at Waikawa Beach

We received this request:

Update 13-Oct-21: Kath has found a place. I’ve removed the contact info.

Wanted: Waikawa Beach Rental

Kia ora Waikawa Beach,

My family and I are looking for a rental at Waikawa Beach. If anyone is interested in renting out their bach/house from Dec/Jan/Feb until at least Nov 2022, please let me know. We will need somewhere with fibre internet, we could pay to get this installed if necessary.

We are: 2 professionals (teacher, IT), 2 x 6-year-old- kids, non-smoking, no pets, tidy, good references. We are already frequent Waikawa Beach visitors (we have family who share a bach on Drake St).

Alternatively – if you are interested in swapping your house for a tidy, warm 3-bedroom home in Newtown (Wgtn) for the year, please get in touch.

Call or text.

Ngā mihi, Kath

Around Waikawa Beach under Level 4, August 2021

Things are very quiet, as they should be, under a Level 4 shutdown. The Horowhenua District Council reminds us all to stay 5 kiwi apart:

Sign with text: Stay 5 kiwi apart.

Unfortunately the playground and toilets are closed.

Playground closed sign.
Boarded up toilets at Level 4.

If you’re driving along Reay Mackay Grove watch out for the pothole. We’ve asked Council to fix it.

Pothole on Reay Mackay Grove.
Pothole on Reay Mackay Grove.

Awa Pukapuka open for reading

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.

On Monday, 12 April 2021 the first books were loaded into the new Awa Pukapuka near the footbridge. Anja and Theo Geelen have done a superb job with this new Little Free Library. They’ve also been given plenty of support and help by the community who have helped lay concrete, put the library in place and contributed books.

Anja and Theo Geelen by the new Little Free Library.
Anja and Theo Geelen by the new Little Free Library.

Congratulations to all!

The library is now open, although there are a few finishing touches yet to come, including artwork.

That means that an official launch hasn’t yet been scheduled, but there will be one.

There are a few guidelines:

Please note that books need to be in reasonable order. We also reserve the right to discard books if they don’t attract an interest, are not ‘moving’, or deemed unsuitable. This is a LITTLE library and we don’t have much storage capacity.

Games, puzzles (complete), DVDs, and magazines less than a year old, are also welcome.

Please use your own sound judgement when you drop off books to make sure we don’t become a ‘dumping ground’…

We are looking forward to growing Awa Pukapuka as a community project for all to enjoy. Many thanks.