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Request for observations following the Tongan eruption and tsunami

Published: Fri Jan 21 2022 12:00 PM

We are interested in your observations of the sea and coastal areas following the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption on 15 January 2022. We would also like to know about “booming” sounds heard around the time of the eruption Saturday evening.

Our researchers would love to hear from you if you noticed any unusual behaviours of the sea or coastal areas in the hours and days following the eruption, or have photos and videos of this happening. We are also interested in experiences from people who heard the ‘booming’ sounds that travelled around the world during the eruption. Please follow the link below to share these with us.

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Rare Lamprey in Waikawa stream

Sometimes you notice one little snippet about Waikawa Beach in a larger article on the web:

one of New Zealand’s rare native fish Lamprey (Geotria australis) has been discovered in waterways like the Waikawa Stream and reaches of the Ōhura River in the Horizons Region.

Lamprey (Geotria australis) being measured.
Lamprey (Geotria australis) being measured.

This comes from a Horizons Regional Council article: DNA techniques reveal the full spectrum of river life. The article also says:

A technique called environmental DNA or eDNA for short, is helping … identify the animal species present in our waterways. …

DNA is shed by aquatic life from their skin, scales, fluids and faeces. The technique is able to detect even minute traces of each species and the overall proportion of it within the water sample. The species of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, snails, worms and anything else are identified by comparing the DNA fragments to a reference database. This requires as little as a mug of water sucked through a filter, though more water increases the chance of detecting organisms.

Waikawa Beach drone photos, January 2022

Over the past couple of weeks Twitter user SirWB has published a fair few drone photos of Waikawa Beach. The following are posted with permission. All photos are from a drone and show various views of the river mouth, estuary and river, and Strathnaver.

Beware if you’re viewing using cell data — there are about 20 photos totalling around 10 MB. There is only one photo on the first page, the rest need a click to see them. No captions or alt text.

Waikawa Beach January 2022.

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HDC to remove pest Acacia / wattle plants December 2021

We received an email today from Craig Kidd, Horowhenua District Council Parks and Property Officer | Āpiha Papa Rēhia, Rawa. Note the request to remove acacia / wattle from your own properties:

Following checking the entrance on to the beach, the Acacia outside 61 & 63 Manga Pirau is out over the edge of the kerb.

While taking photos, I did not realise how much seed was on the plants, which there is a photo attached, and with the issue of acacia invading coastal dunes we are taking these out.

There is the reserve access opposite 52 Manga Pirau Street which the southern side has planted in acacia which we are removing under the pest management plan.

We will also try and cut out all the acacia from Hank Edwards back to the Southern end of Manga Pirau Street.

Can you please let the community know why we are undertaking removal of the wattle and ask if people have wattle on their properties, if they would consider removing it to help stop the acacia from spreading in the community and coastal reserves

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we very appreciate the communities support.

Acacia outside 63 Manga Pirau Street.
Bush outside 60 Manga Pirau Street.
Closeup of the problem plant.
Map showing affected area opposite 52 Manga Pirau Street.