Community Update – 11 June 2023

Call for interest in a mural installation for Hank Edwards Toilets

WBRA is in the process of applying for council funding for a mural installation on Hank Edwards Toilet block. We are interested in receiving expressions of interest in undertaking this work.

The purpose of this project is to beautify the current toilet block and anchor this building into the surround environment. It is proposed that this mural will be related to the environment in design and feature local birds.

The mural installation is to be on a wall measuring approximately 4 meters by 1 meter.   


If you have any interest in this project, please contact Debra Betts via email by July 1st 2023 with details – such as a website or photos of any previous work of this nature that has been completed.

Debra Betts

WBRA Committee Member

Community Update – 9 June 2023

Notice from Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support

Last week saw a number of vehicles being broken into and a few theft ex cars. Please make sure that you always lock your vehicle no matter where it is parked, Never leave anything of value in your vehicle.

I saw a post this morning on Facebook where people were talking about their vehicles being tampered with, broken into etc. My question was did anyone report these incidents to Police as nothing of this nature was mentioned.

It continually baffles me that people have the time to post things of this nature on Facebook but don’t take the time to report to Police. Then people slam Police for not doing anything. IF YOU DON’T TELL POLICE THEY WON’T KNOW THESE THINGS HAVE OR ARE HAPPENING. So report.

Call 105 or report on-line if something has already happened or if it has just happened or is happening now call 111.

Kind regards

Deborah Campbell
District Coordinator  |  Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support
L/L 06 3660574 – P  021 222 1006

C/ Levin Police Station: 7 Bristol Street, Levin 5510

Community Update – 28 March 2023

Subject: Invitation to Rates Review hui at Horowhenua District Council

Good afternoon,

We would like to invite you and your members to Horowhenua District Council’s Rates Review hui on Wednesday 29 May at 7:30 pm, at Council’s Civic Building in Levin.

You might remember that last year Council promised to do a Rates Review.  We’re doing that now and would like to discuss that with you.  This is being done as part of a combined Long Term Plan Amendment and Annual Plan process.

Council will be presented with the draft Consultation Document and supporting information to consider adopting on Wednesday 22 May. If adopted, consultation will begin on Monday 27 May 2023.  This sets out the options we’d like feedback on.

The Rates Review is one of the key issues. The purpose of the rates review is to determine if our current system for distributing rates across the district is fair.

Council would like to invite you to the hui we are holding in Council Chambers, Civic Building, 126 Oxford St, Levin.

This is an open meeting but we are specifically inviting iwi, hapu, ratepayers and progressive associations, Grey Power and Federated Farmers to this meeting because of your interest in these issues and to provide you and your members an early opportunity to hear from Elected Members and staff about options proposed, why, and to ask questions as the consultation period starts.  We will hold a range of further events and opportunities for discussion throughout the consultation period, and we’d welcome any further questions from yourselves and others.

I appreciate there’ll be a lot of calls on your time and hope you’ll be able to attend.

Please RSVP, with the number of people attending, to this email address ( by COB Monday 27 March 2023.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Thank you,

Carolyn Dick
Strategic Planning Manager | Kaihautū Rangapū Hinonga Arawaka

Waea Mahi | (06) 366 0999
Waea Pukoro | +64272623130

126 Oxford Street, Levin
Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540

Community Update – 11 February 2023

Media Release – Civil Defence Emergency Management team monitoring situation as Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle gathers momentum – 10 February 2023 

Horowhenua District Council’s Civil Defence Emergency Management team met today in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle to the district.

Early modelling shows the Upper North and East Coast of the North Island will be most severely impacted by the impending weather system, however Horowhenua can expect severe gales of between 120km and140km from Tuesday, and the Tararua Range is likely to receive a substantial amount of rain.

The severe wind and heavy rainfall anticipated could mean fallen trees, power outages, rapidly rising rivers, potential flooding, hazardous driving conditions and possible challenges for our treatment plants.  Council and contractors are keeping a watching brief throughout the weekend as the situation develops. 

Civil Defence Emergency Management Controller Brent Harvey says “At this stage the modelling is showing Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle’s path veering to the east of our district, however these types of weather systems are changeable, so it’s important we all be prepared.”

 We encourage the community to do what they can to prepare for Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle:

  • In an emergency, call 111.
  • Stay informed of weather updates on  Follow Council’s Facebook page @HorowhenuaDC for local Civil Defence Emergency updates
  • Make a plan – now is a good time to refresh your grab bag (one grab bag per person) and household emergency plan. More info is available on
  • Secure any items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds
  • Clean drains and gutters, trim any loose tree branches
  • Check on your neighbours and anyone who might need your help.
  • During a weather event, close windows, external and internal doors.  Pull curtains or blinds over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.
  • Bring pets inside, move stock to shelter.  If you have to evacuate take your pets with you.
  • Limit any unnecessary travel.

 Always put your safety first. Act quickly if you see rising water. Never try to walk, swim or drive through flood water.

 If need be, follow any instructions about evacuation of your area. Self-evacuate if you feel unsafe. 

Find out what to do before, during and after a storm on