Black Friday Quiz Night, 13 November 2020

The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents Black Friday Quiz Night
(Be a devil – dress to suit!)

Date: Friday 13 November 2020

Time 7.30 start

Location: Manakau Bowling and Sports Club. Corner of Honi Taipua and Mokena Kohere Streets

Cost: $10 per person

Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team. If you don’t have 5 we can help you make up a team on the night. Please make sure you register as we were at our maximum at our last quiz night.

Register your team by contacting Kimbal 029 835 1215 or 36 26 395,

Refreshments: The Bowling club bar will be open. Light snack food will be served during the evening

The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening with all funds raised being used by the MDCA for projects that benefit the community

Please support your community by entering a team.

Quiz Night November 2020 flyer. (37 KB Docx) Same info as above but with better layout and formatting.

Waikawa olive oil a winner

As you drive east along Waikawa Beach Road you see the blueberry farm up near SH1. It’s a great place to visit in summer for fresh blueberries, but they are also award winning olive oil producers:

Success for Waikawa Glen at olive oil national awards

… Waikawa Glen, in Manakau, just north of Ōtaki, won reserve boutique in the New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oils Awards held in Wellington.

The company, owned by Lisa Buchan and partner Glenn Wigley, received more accolades at the awards …

“We were absolutely blown away and very pleased,” Lisa said.

Their olive grove became fully certified as organic this year after an organic certification programme.

“A lot of people were telling us that if we were organic we wouldn’t be sustainable.”

The awards are an impressive result for the company, which is in only its third year of harvesting.

Waikawa Glen received a silver medal in 2018 and 2019 before this year’s cluster of awards.

The couple’s story started 13 years ago when they hatched a plan to find a place in the countryside to grow blueberries and make olive oil.

After an extensive search around the country, the pair, with a keen interest in horticulture, bought a slice of land in Waikawa Beach Rd, which had the ideal soil and climate.

“We can get the cold chilling for the blueberries as well as the long hot days of summer for olives.”

Waikawa Blueberries, at the front lower level of their property, has been going strong for about six years, while the olive grove, at the back higher end of the property, has been producing for three years.

It has been quite the transformation for a property that used to be bare paddocks. …

The olive oil, in various blends, is sold locally as well as at the farmgate during pickyour-own blueberry times. …

Local results:

Waikawa Glen won reserve in boutique, best in class and a gold medal in the boutique medium-blends category. Best in class for their frantoio in the boutique medium — single varietal category. Gold medal for its leccino in boutique mild — single varietal. Gold medal for its frantoio in boutique medium — blends. Gold medal for its koroneiki in boutique medium — single varietal. …

Source: Horowhenua Chronicle, 30 Oct 2020, Page 6, by David Haxton.

The draft Manakau Community Plan affects us. Have your say by 24 August 2020

We have a close relationship with Manakau, which means the draft Manakau Community Plan is something we should take a look at, and possibly comment on, especially around matters to do with roading.

Consultation is open from 3 August to midday 24 August 2020.

The Community Plan creates a vision for Manakau:

Manakau is a thriving, friendly and safe rural community with a strong sense of place, a healthy natural environment and good connectivity to other places.

It also identifies four priority areas that will help deliver the vision, each with specific actions attached.

Priority areas are:

  • Protect the special character and heritage values of Manakau
  • Ensure growth occurs in a sustainable and integrated way
  • Improve traffic safety and provide more transport options
  • Improve recreational spaces and water quality.
Manakau community plan graphic.
Manakau community plan graphic.

Read detailed information at the Manakau Community Plan page where you can also see how to have your say.

Some points of interest from the draft plan (3.5 MB PDF):

  • There are 4 projected areas for population growth around Manakau (P13). Land would need rezoning.
  • Council may also look at whether a small commercial area could be identified and provided for in Manakau. (P14)
  • Council may undertake a feasibility study on the delivery of reticulated water and wastewater to Manakau. (P14) Question: where would sewage be disposed of, and how might that affect Waikawa Beach?
  • All sorts of roading matters, including better connections between east and west sides of SH1 (P15 on).
  • Investigating public transport needs (P18).
  • Recreational activities, including shared pathways for cycling and horse riding, and cleaning up waterways (P19 on).

If you have opinions please have your say direct to Horowhenua District Council but also let the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association know either by leaving comments here or by emailing them to the Committee at .

Manakau District Community Association : AGM, Quiz Night

News from up the road:

Manakau District Community Association: A G M

Tuesday 21st July 2020 at 7pm in the Manakau Hall


  1. Present
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the 2019 AGM
  4. Chairperson’s Report
  5. Financial Report
  6. Election of Officers
  7. General Business

There will then be an opportunity to hear and discuss the lastest developments on both the progress of the new Expressway and the plans for safety upgrades to State Highway 1 in the Manakau region. Representatives from our own O2NL subcommittee, HDC and NZTA will be available to answer questions.

Light refreshments will be served at the close of the meeting.


The Heart of Manakau Proudly Presents : Winter in Paradise Quiz Night

Date: Friday 17th July 2020

Time: 7.30pm start

Location: Manakau Bowling & Sportsclub

Cost: $10 per person

Teams: Maximum of 12 teams with 5 per team

(Please make sure you register as we are always fully booked on the night.)

If you don’t have 5 then we can help you make up a team on the night.

Register your team by contacting: Kimbal 029 835 1215 or 362 6395 or

Refreshments: The Bowling Club bar will be open.

Light snack food will be served throughout the evening.

The MDCA will be running raffles during the evening with all funds raised being used by MDCA for projects that benefit the community.

Please enter a team and support your community.


Kimbal McHugo

Local business delivers veges and pizzas

Just up the road, the Manakau Market:

has grown a thriving delivery business over lockdown and continues to run fruit and vege from Levin all the way South to Raumati, Monday to Friday. Starting off with the seasonal boxes, adding in the option to pick your own goodies, adding in grocery and local artisan items as well.

Pick up is also OK.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday they also deliver pizza from 5 to 8 pm.

Manakau Market pizzas.