Important reminders about meetings, erosion, river quality, June 2019

Here are three important things we want to remind you about or let you know about before our next newsletter comes out.

  1. Public meeting on Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall. The meeting will discuss beach erosion and the Tonkin and Taylor Report. Actions on erosion will have an effect on our Rates.

    Read more: Reminder: erosion meeting 08 June 2019 at 10 am and Public meeting about Waikawa Beach erosion: 08 June 2019.

  2. Tuesday 11 June 2019: Horizons Regional Council contractors will remove the high-angle groyne.

    Read more below and at: Waikawa Beach groyne to be partly removed.

  3. Community Workshop on the health of the Waikawa Stream, Wednesday 12 June 2019, 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Manakau Hall.

    Read more: Community Workshop on the health of the Waikawa Stream – 12 June 2019.

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Community Workshop on the health of the Waikawa Stream – 12 June 2019

Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project is working with the community and regional council to promote sustainable land use and improve the health of streams in the catchment which stretches from the Tararua Range to the coast at Waikawa Beach.

Now there’s a public community workshop on Wednesday 12 June 2019, 6.30 to 8.30 pm at Manakau Hall.

Waikawa Community Catchment flyer.

Coffee, tea and a light supper provided.

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Waikawa Stream and ephemeral art

An art project using natural materials to create transient sculptural works began in Horowhenua on Sunday. [07 April 2019]

Centred around the Waikawa Stream, the month-long project will include a series of ephemeral arts workshops experimenting with different mediums, and installations in open spaces at multiple spots along the stream, organiser Kristy McGregor said. …

“The arts are a good way of connecting people and engaging them with their waterways and natural environment,” she said. …

The workshops are funded by Creative NZ’s Creative Communities Fund, administered by Horowhenua District Council. They are part of the broader Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project which aims to improve water quality, which has just begun in the Waikawa catchment.

It is being led by the New Zealand Landcare Trust, and brings together a wide range of community stakeholders.

Note: the next workshop will be held at Easter weekend at Hank Edwards Reserve:

The next workshop will be based on building rafts from driftwood. It will be held at the Hank Edwards Reserve, Waikawa Beach on Easter Saturday, 20 April [2019], 1pm to 3pm.

McGregor said RSVPs were appreciated but not compulsory.

“Don’t let that stop you turning up on the day for some fun,” she said.

All ages are welcome, however children must be accompanied by an adult. The events are weather dependent and will be rescheduled if necessary.

For further information or to book a spot, email kristy.mcgregor@mitchelldaysh.co.nz or phone 021 191 3231.

The river and driftwood by Hank Edwards Reserve.
The river and driftwood by Hank Edwards Reserve.

Military helicopter NH90 comes to town

This morning (Monday 11 March 2019) many people watched as a military NH90 helicopter hovered low for quite some time over the village. Some speculate it was a training exercise, others that they were looking for marijuana crops. We haven’t been able to find any definitive information.

The helicopter had its doors open, and at one point seemed to haul something up and onboard.

NH90 helicopter flies low over Waikawa Beach village.
NH90 helicopter flies low over Waikawa Beach village.

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One Waikawa Beach tiny home in the news

The tiny home that last year arrived beside the all-purpose beach access at the end of Manga Pirau Street has turned up in the news, and our erosion problem is the reason:

Tiny homes are also being used as a solution to red zoned land where building permits cannot be given due to safety concerns, Ms Stevens said. 

A tiny home has been set up as an Airbnb on Waikawa Beach on the Kapiti Coast on a piece of coastal land in an erosion zone, she explained. 

“The owners of that property wouldn’t have been able to put a regular batch down there so it’s an awesome solution for them.”

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August 2018 Newsletter

Kia ora Waikawa whānau. Well, pollen season is upon us. The yellow is everywhere, even down on the beach.

In this newsletter …

  1. The pollen is upon us
  2. Footbridge refurbishment complete
  3. Beach access
  4. River update
  5. Whitebaiting season starts on 15 August
  6. Lose some, win some
  7. Property news
  8. Did you know: Waikawa Beach, population 3,000

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