Community Update – 11 June 2023

Call for interest in a mural installation for Hank Edwards Toilets

WBRA is in the process of applying for council funding for a mural installation on Hank Edwards Toilet block. We are interested in receiving expressions of interest in undertaking this work.

The purpose of this project is to beautify the current toilet block and anchor this building into the surround environment. It is proposed that this mural will be related to the environment in design and feature local birds.

The mural installation is to be on a wall measuring approximately 4 meters by 1 meter.   


If you have any interest in this project, please contact Debra Betts via email by July 1st 2023 with details – such as a website or photos of any previous work of this nature that has been completed.

Debra Betts

WBRA Committee Member

Community Update – 9 June 2023

Notice from Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support

Last week saw a number of vehicles being broken into and a few theft ex cars. Please make sure that you always lock your vehicle no matter where it is parked, Never leave anything of value in your vehicle.

I saw a post this morning on Facebook where people were talking about their vehicles being tampered with, broken into etc. My question was did anyone report these incidents to Police as nothing of this nature was mentioned.

It continually baffles me that people have the time to post things of this nature on Facebook but don’t take the time to report to Police. Then people slam Police for not doing anything. IF YOU DON’T TELL POLICE THEY WON’T KNOW THESE THINGS HAVE OR ARE HAPPENING. So report.

Call 105 or report on-line if something has already happened or if it has just happened or is happening now call 111.

Kind regards

Deborah Campbell
District Coordinator  |  Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support
L/L 06 3660574 – P  021 222 1006

C/ Levin Police Station: 7 Bristol Street, Levin 5510

Community Update – 29 May 2023

Are you interested in protecting the environment at Waikawa Beach?

We need your help for a few hours each month

The WBRA committee are looking into creating an Environmental Sub-committee in response to growing recognition regarding the risks facing our physical environment.

Three initial areas of concern have been identified:

    1. Pest management, such as wild cats, rats, stoat and ferret populations. (Kezna is already  working hard to manage feral cat populations, and this group could complement her efforts by targeting additional areas of concern).
    2. Dune protection to reduce erosion and beach rubbish collection.
    3. Ways to manage flood protection along the river where homes face potential risk from flooding.

Given wider community concerns about these issues, the decision has been made to create this sub-committee and to invite and include any other interested persons. The sub-committee would be headed by Chris Wood, a permanent Waikawa Beach resident and a current member of the WBRA committee. This would enable efforts to be co-ordinated and provide a basis to apply for funding support.

You might have ideas, useful contacts, muscles, expertise in plants, dunes, water, environment, long-term knowledge of Waikawa Beach, knowhow for getting funding — we need all kinds of skills, but the main thing is being interested in making a difference locally.

If you are keen and interested and/or know of anyone that would be interested in joining this group, please email

WBRA Committee

Community Update – 25 May

Beach Access Project Update

The Horowhenua DC have commenced a project to investigate all beach access options for Waikawa Beach.

The project team have already done some local consultation with selected residents and have done some assessment work.

Further consultation with the wider community is planned as the process continues.   We will be letting you know when this is planned and how you will be able to participate. We encourage you all to be a part of this consultation and have your say.

The process will result in a report going to the HDC.
As winter approaches we are likely to see major changes to our current beach access due to weather events.
We are all grateful to the current landowners for their continued support and it is important that we all respect the current landowners request to keep our access path to the existing path and not interfere with the whenua to get access to the beach any where else.
We need to let this process unfold and work with our community, the Council and the Landlowners to find a mutually respectful solution.
Gary Whitaker
WBRA Chairperson

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.