Congratulations to our own John Russell, MNZM

Our congratulations to our own John Russell (voted in as WBRA Secretary at the 2018 AGM). He was awarded a Queen’s Birthday honour a couple of weeks ago for services to education.

The Queen has been pleased, on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday, to make the following appointments to The New Zealand Order of Merit: … Mr John Spencer Russell, of Porirua. To be Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Unfair dog registration fees

Waikawa Beach is a popular place for owners to walk their dogs, and many who live here or visit regularly own dogs too. How much should we pay in registration fees?

Horowhenua District Councillor Christine Mitchell has forced a last-minute review of a dog fee model she said unfairly penalised owners of well-behaved dogs.

HDC met last week [early April 2019] to adopt the new fee structure that included small fee increases to all classes of canine to offset operational costs, expected to top $600,000 this year.

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A knighthood comes to Waikawa Beach; congratulations Sir Kim Workman

Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit

To be a Knight Companion of the said Order:

WORKMAN, Mr Robert Kinsela (Kim), QSO
For services to prisoner welfare and the justice sector

Mr Kim Workman (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) was appointed a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2007 for his services to prisoner welfare.

Mr Workman stepped down from his role as National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand in 2008. He then served a three-year term as Families Commissioner from 2008 to 2011. He founded the Robson Hanan Trust, of which he remains a Trustee, Strategi Advisor, and spokesman. The Trust oversees the Rethinking Crime and Punishment strategy, which he helped launch in 2006, and in 2011 founded JustSpeak, a non-partisan network of young people speaking up for change in the criminal justice system. He has remained a Board member and strategic advisor to JustSpeak. He was a Board member of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Trust from 2012 to 2013. He became an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded Victoria University’s John David Stout Fellowship and began writing the book ‘Criminal Justice, the State and Māori, from 1985 to 2015’. As an academic he has contributed a number of book chapters and produced journal articles on various aspects of criminal justice. Mr Workman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by the Victoria University Council in 2016, and the same degree by Massey University Council in 2017.

Source: New Year Honours 2019 – Citations for Knights Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit | Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).

Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman
Newly knighted Sir Kim Workman. Photo: Kim Workman

Photo from RadioNZ.

Potential for growth at Waikawa Beach

It looks like the Council plan to rezone some areas at Waikawa Beach, in order to have more people living here:

[On 21 November 2018] Horowhenua District Council adopted its Growth Strategy, which identifies what is needed for successful future development of urban and industrial areas and where that development should occur.

“Our population is expected to increase by a third in the next 20 years,” said Horowhenua District Council Growth Response Manager Daniel Haigh. “However, growth in the past three years has exceeded expectations and, if maintained, will see Horowhenua reach those levels in the early 2030s.” …

Group Manager Strategy & Development David McCorkindale said “2018 has been a year of talking about the future of Horowhenua District as a whole”.

“In 2019 the conversation will shift to each location, and the first conversations will be with residents in Levin, Foxton Beach and Waitārere. We will be creating master plans for new neighbourhoods in growth areas in each location and that will then lead to District Plan changes.”

Mr McCorkindale said later in the year Council will bring to the community an urban growth District Plan change that will propose to rezone some of the growth areas identified in the Growth Strategy in Foxton Beach, Foxton, Ōhau, Manakau, Tokomaru and potentially Waikawa Beach. …

Source: Horowhenua will plan for new neighbourhoods in 2019 – Horowhenua District Council.