River mouth photo 07 October 2019

Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.

Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.
Drone photo of the river mouth, taken on 07 October 2019.

Note: since then the river cut through that narrow stretch of sand and started flowing more directly out to sea.

Compare this with the River mouth photo 20 July 2019:

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Sand build-up by Manga Pirau Street beach access

Recent weather has been mounding up sand by the Manga Pirau Street beach entrance. Now the river’s further from shore and with the winds carrying sand on-shore, there’s a useful build up of sand.

It’s making the vehicle access a bit trickier, with soft sand covering the track and ruts developing either side, so take care.

Soft sand at Manga Pirau Street beach entrance.
Soft sand at Manga Pirau Street beach entrance.

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Blitz the beach

Community member Sally asked me to spread the word, and I think she’s right:

The tides have delivered a bumper crop of plastic rubbish (so many plastic bags!) onto the beach in the past few days. This gives us the chance to grab that plastic before it gets swept back out into the oceans.

So, if you’re heading to the beach for a walk in the next few days, do take a bag or sack for a bit of plastic rescuing while you’re walking and you’ll get to feel good about doing a favour to our oceans, our wildlife, and our food chain.

The photo shows a small part of rubbish I picked up the other day — mainly plastic, but also foam cushion, cans and other junk. A lot of locals pick up rubbish from the beach from time to time, but we definitely need to blitz it at the moment. All hands on deck!

Beach rubbish.
Some of the rubbish collected on one short walk recently.

High tide and a full bay on 03 August 2019

Stephen Betts kindly sent in these two panoramas showing a very full bay at high tide on 03 August 2019. Sea water was at times lapping at the base of the Manga Pirau Street entrance, had swamped the bar encroaching from the north side and had even cut the corner on the south side beach.

At high tide on 03 August 2019 from above the groyne.
At high tide on 03 August 2019 from above the groyne. Photo by Stephen Betts.
At high tide on 03 August 2019 from the Manga Pirau Street entrance.
At high tide on 03 August 2019 from the Manga Pirau Street entrance. Photo by Stephen Betts.

Dune planting report, and groyne change photos

Local Stephen Betts has recently been taking photos of the dunes and the river mouth groyne. He’s kindly allowed us to publish them, with his commentary.

Two pictures of the Waikawa river groyne approximately 1 month apart, 2019-06-30 (Low Tide) and 2019-07-27 (Low tide).

Waikawa river groyne 2019-06-30 (Low Tide). Photo by Stephen Betts.
Waikawa river groyne 2019-06-30 (Low Tide). Photo by Stephen Betts.

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