A little footbridge trivia: noticed in the Horowhenua District Council building corridor a framed photo of the old Waikawa Beach footbridge with a plaque below.
The plaque reads:
WAIKAWA BEACH FOOTBRIDGE CIRCA 1976 BORN 1931 DIED 13 MARCH 1990
PRESENTED TO HOROWHENUA DISTRICT COUNCIL BY THE WAIKAWA BEACH RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION (INC) IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR GRATEFUL THANKS ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE 4 JANUARY 1992.
Turns out that bridge lasted almost 60 years. The new bridge has already had some repair and upgrade work but needs a whole rebuild apparently. After 30 years. That work is planned to be carried out within the next few years.
I was given your details regarding a community email group. A group of us lost three kayaks and paddles up above the Waikawa Reserve DoC campground today. We intend to look for them when the stream is low but in the meantime people may come across them, on the beach or riverside. Would appreciate hearing from anyone if they find them.