Beach access upgraded 29 November 2019

The Horowhenua District Council have graded the Manga Pirau Street beach access, added mulch to help stabilise the sand and blocked off the illegally created track.

The mulch is an experiment but if folks drive in a way to avoid ripping up the track it should help a bit.

Work was completed before 0930 on 29 November 2019.

Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.
Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.

Continue reading “Beach access upgraded 29 November 2019”

Manakau Strategic Plan 2019 (affects Waikawa Beach)

We have been advised by the Manakau Community District Association about an event that may have implications for us at Waikawa Beach. Apparently there is a subdivision coming up near Emma Drive. If that’s the case then new housing may put pressure on Waikawa Beach Road.

Here’s the notice we received:

Tiffany Gower of the HDC has drafted a Strategic plan for Manakau and we have the opportunity to contribute to this draft in a discussion with Tiffany at a meeting in the Manakau Hall.

On Thursday 21st November [2019] at 4pm

After this discussion the plan will be finalised and put out for consultation. A later meeting will most likely be on a Sunday for maximum availability.

In light of the huge tracts of land put on the market lately, it is most important that the community share with HDC their vision for the future of our area.

To assist with logistics please RSVP by 18th November.

Your ideas are welcome and valued.

If you plan to attend please contact the MDCA directly.

Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach

It used to be that all outdoor fires were prohibited at Waikawa Beach, but that all changed in March 2019:

Fire and Emergency New Zealand have advised that as of Wednesday, 27 March 2019, an open fire season is in place for the Horowhenua District.

Note: All beach and sand dune areas remain in a Prohibited Fire Season (Total Fire Ban) 365 days a Year.

Horizons Regional Council burning info.
Horizons Regional Council burning info.

Continue reading “Fires and smoke at Waikawa Beach”

We’re growing

You may have had the impression more people were coming to live at Waikawa Beach, and you could well be right. Certainly, driving around the Strathnaver area and the Emma Drive area shows a lot of activity with new buildings.

But it’s not just us —

Recently released data from Statistics NZ shows the Horowhenua district increased in population by over 3000 people between the last two census counts.…

Continue reading “We’re growing”

Spinifex and pīngao were planted

On Saturday 28 September 2019 a staunch dozen or so folks turned up to help plant 3,000 spinifex and 500 pīngao plants near the north track to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove.

Some of the pīngao plants.
Some of the pīngao plants.

The Horowhenua District Council very kindly make the plants available, at a total cost of around $5,000. Because volunteers pitch in to help with the planting they can spend available funds on more plants.

Three Council workers joined in, spending their own weekend time to help out. Many thanks to Ann Clark, Ben Wood and Craig.

Continue reading “Spinifex and pīngao were planted”