Local road speeds reduced as of August 2019

As we noted in Local reduced road speeds voted in, speeds on local rural roads have been reduced. There have been further reductions though for Kristin Place and Emma Drive.

The Land Transport Bylaw 2017 Speed Limit Schedules set the following for roads in and around Waikawa Beach:

80 kph 60 kph

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Whitebaiting starts on 15 August 2019

Whitebaiting starts on Thursday 15 August 2019, and it looks like there’s a decent stretch of river for it. This year too, the all-purpose entrance off Manga Pirau Street is in excellent condition for vehicles.

Remember to check the whitebait regulations.

Also, whitebait are in decline — we are losing more of them each year, but you can help:

  • Follow the whitebait fishing regulations.
  • Keep your catch small and only take what you need.
  • Release species that are not whitebait.

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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.