Quick work on the Spinifex planting

We have such a fantastic community! On Saturday 29 September 2018 about 30 or 40 volunteers turned up and over the course of a couple of hours planted 3,500 Spinifex plants.

The plants were supplied by Horowhenua District Council and we’d like to thank Ann, Ben, Gus, Marjo, Sean and the others who worked so hard alongside our volunteers to get the plants to the right places. They also laid on a great barbecue at the end of the work.

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Important recycling change from 01 October 2018

Horowhenua District Council will not accept soft plastics in its kerbside recycling collection after Monday 1 October.

Council’s Environmental Engineer, Ryan Hughes, said soft plastics are the ones you can scrunch up, such as food wrap, plastic shopping bags, food packets and bread bags.

He said the decision to stop collecting soft plastics was made partly because of the problems soft plastics cause during sorting.

“Recycling is sorted with machinery, and soft plastics can jam the machinery and cause delays.”

In addition, there have been changes in the global recycling market that mean fewer companies want to buy recycled soft plastics, he said.

After Monday 1 October, recycling crates containing soft plastics will no longer be emptied.

Source: Soft plastics to be removed from kerbside recycling collection – Horowhenua District Council.

If you rent out your property please make sure visitors know how to handle rubbish and recycling.

Special spinifex Saturday — we need your help!

The Horowhenua District Council have 6,000 or more Spinifex plants to go in to help stabilise our sand dunes. We need willing helpers on Saturday 29 September 2018 to plant them. Please bring your whānau and friends for an hour or two.

Meet at the north end of Reay Mackay Grove at 10 am on Saturday 29 September 2018. Bring gardening gloves and a trowel if possible (spares may be available). A Council worker will dig the holes and get the plants into the right area and it’s our mahi to put them in the holes.

At the end of the planting the Council will put on a BBQ for us too.

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Diggers work to restore access to Manawatū beach — not ours though

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but this time:

  • it’s not Waikawa Beach
  • the Council are taking swift action
  • the Council have a long-term plan.
  • it’s Manawatū District Council

Diggers are working to restore vehicle access to a popular Manawatū beach after a stream cut into its entrance. 

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Coastal study planned for late 2018

Some great news about our river and coast.

The WBRA has been advised by Ramon Strong, Horizons Regional Council, that they and Horowhenua District Council will carry out a scientific coastal study to identify the best management approach for the mouth of the Waikawa river.

They have engaged Tonkin and Taylor and aim to complete the study by the end of the year [2018].

Coastal study for late 2018.

Coastal study for late 2018.

We look forward to hearing what the experts have to say.

Erosion in the news again, September 2018

A recent item on Stuff revisited our erosion problems down by the vehicle entrance:

A couple whose beach-front property is crumbling into the sea are desperate for someone to take responsibility before their piece of paradise washes away. 

When Rodney Inteman​ and Shirley Cameron bought their stunning Waikawa Beach property, called InterVille, in Horowhenua two years ago, it had a row of “huge” sand dunes between them and the beach.

Since then the Waikawa River has changed course, carrying away the dunes and 12 metres of their land.

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