Manakau Store has a new owner, new menu and extended hours

The new owner of the Manakau Dairy is local to Waikawa Beach. Opening hours are now from 6 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.

A Horowhenua store has changed hands for the first time in nearly two decades, with the new owner bringing her culinary skills into the mix.

Sonya Martin has taken over The Manakau Store …

Sonya says she’ll maintain a local focus, as well as adding a broader range to the store and increasing its food offerings, as she has many years’ experience in the food industry. …

She and her partner and children have owned a section nearby in Waikawa for 14 years, and moved back full time three years ago. …

A new cold cabinet display is planned for the main counter, which will be stocked with homemade sandwiches and salads, there are muffins and other creations already in stock, and she’ll continue to supply the popular pies the store gets from Temptations Patisserie in Ōtaki. …

She offers gluten-free options, carefully prepared using different equipment to gluten-containing foods, as well as vegetarian options, and stocking items that are organic or reduced sugar.

Source: Manakau Store’s new owner keeping it local and bringing foodie skills – NZ Herald.

Sonya Martin in the Manakau Store in Horowhenua.
Sonya Martin has taken over the iconic Manakau Store in Horowhenua. Photo from Horowhenua Chronicle.

Horowhenua District Council development plans for Manakau January 2019

At a community meeting in the Manakau Hall locals discussed issues related to the Horowhenua District Council’s strategic plans for development in the area. They were asked to present any submissions in January 2019.

Since Manakau is our nearest neighbour and we pass by every time we travel away from Waikawa Beach, their thoughts on such things are of interest to us.

Here’s a slightly abbreviated copy of the Minutes of that meeting, published here with permission.

Continue reading “Horowhenua District Council development plans for Manakau January 2019”

Expressway and local growth news snippets December 2018

We’ve just received the Manakau newsletter and spotted brief Expressway news

First, a meeting for learning about the Horowhenua District Council plans:

At 4pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018 in the Manakau Hall there will be an opportunity to hear from HDC Council officers about their plans for this region. You will be aware that due to the stress and trauma of the NZTA Expressway plans we did not actively contribute to the Council’s Strategic Plan earlier in the year, and that plan has since caused further stress for those affected.

The future of our community is of interest and concern to us all and the Council has now responded to our concerns and will give us an opportunity to express them and help us understand their ideas and the timeframe for action. The meeting may take an hour and everyone is welcome.

By now you will also know that the chosen route for the Expressway is S6 so it will be an opportunity to learn how the NZTA plans marry up with the HDC’s plans.

And on the Expressway, with an official announcement expected tomorrow:

Some Horowhenua residents have received a letter revealing the route of the Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway.

The preferred route runs closest to State Highway 1 and closest to SH57 further north. On the New Zealand Transport Agency’s maps, the route is a combination of section S6 and N4.

Source: Route for Ōtaki to north of Levin expressway revealed |

Rolling down Waitārere Beach

A car crash on Waitarere Beach has left one person seriously injured on Friday [07 December 2018].

It appears the small hatchback vehicle was overloaded. A Fire and Emergency spokesperson confirmed six people were in the car when it rolled near the surf lifesaving club some time after 3pm.…

Photos of the scene posted online by Waitarere Beach Volunteer Fire Brigade, which attended the incident, showed steeply curving tyre tracks near the vehicle.

Source: One person injured after car rolls on Waitarere Beach – NZ Herald.

As we come into summer with more people using the beaches please drive carefully, wherever you are.