Beware the seal pups

This is the time of year when seal pups come ashore to rest. They look like driftwood from a distance. Please keep speeds down, and dogs close and watch out for the seals.

In recent weeks there have been seal pups on the beach.They look so much like bits of driftwood from a distance. Please keep a sharp eye out, leash dogs if you see a seal, and drive very carefully.

Tiny seal on the beach 17 August 2018.
Tiny seal on the beach 17 August 2018.
Young seal on the beach 08 August 2018.
Young seal on the beach 08 August 2018.

What threat to us are more intense storms?

As storms intensify due to climate change our coastal environment becomes ever more vulnerable.

We know that Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita in February 2018 was responsible for some severe erosion along the Waikawa Beach coast by the end of Manga Pirau Street. That makes the following RNZ News item of particular interest to our community:

A new paper on Earthquake Commission (EQC) payouts has revealed weather-related claims are more likely to come from properties close to the coast.

Continue reading “What threat to us are more intense storms?”

Rocking out along the river

The rock wall protecting the south bank of the river has some gaps that need tending.

It may have been the 1930s when rocks were placed along the south bank of the river to help protect the village from erosion. These days there are gaps in that wall.

Rock wall gap as seen from the north bank.
Rock wall gap as seen from the north bank. Photo by Kevin Burns.
The rocks visible at the bottom should stretch to the rocks upstream in a continuous wall.
The rocks visible at the bottom should stretch to the rocks upstream in a continuous wall.