Local’s book about a journey to learn te reo Māori

Waikawa Beach local, writer Glenn Colquhoun, has just published a new book:

The picture book The Small Girl Who Lives Next Door follows Jack, who is curious about the girl next door who speaks te reo Māori.

The story follows his journey to becoming more proficient in te reo, and learning about Māori culture.

Source: Picture book follows curious boy on a journey to learn te reo Māori.

Book cover: The Small Girl Who Lives Next Door.
Book cover: The Small Girl Who Lives Next Door.

Congratulations, Glenn!

Glenn has the book available for sale on his website: The Small Girl Who Lives Next Door.

Māori wards voted in for local Councils

Today has brought Māori wards for both Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council:

Councillors voted unanimously to support the establishment of a Māori Ward, which will take effect for the 2022 and 2025 elections. …

The only difference between voting for those on the Māori roll and the general roll is that those on the Māori roll vote for candidates standing for the Māori ward instead of the general ward. All other votes are the same.

Via: Council votes in favour of the establishment of a Māori Ward.


At their Regional Council meeting today, Horizons’ Councillors approved the establishment of Māori constituencies in time for the 2022 local government elections. …

A full representation review, including general and Māori constituency constituencies, will now be carried out. Proposed arrangements will need to be adopted by Council by 31 August, with community consultation and the review completed this year.

By establishing Māori constituencies, voters enrolled on the Māori electoral roll will vote in a Māori constituency, and voters on the general roll would continue to vote in their general constituency.

As no one can be enrolled on both rolls at the same time, no one gets to vote in more than one constituency. …

“Today’s decision does not change the other mechanisms in which Māori, iwi and hapū can participate and work in partnership with Council.

Via Horizons Regional Council to establish Māori constituencies.

Wakey wakey shakey shakey

We don’t get too many earthquakes almost directly under our feet here at Waikawa Beach, but a loud rumbly quake this morning earned that distinction.

It was a M2.8, with the epicentre only about 4 Km away and 5 Km deep (screenshot shows preliminary details).

Distance from quake per Google Maps.
Distance from quake per Google Maps.
Quake details.
Quake details before being updated.
Quake location.
Quake location.

Power failure alert Tuesday 23 February 2021

Note: the power went off unexpectedly around 5.10 pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021, and seemed to come back on around 5.40 pm. However Electra confirm power has not yet been fully restored.

So, if, like us, you’re thinking something in your house is at fault because some lights work while the fridge doesn’t, it’s just a matter of waiting.

Update: power seems to have been fully restored at about 6.20 pm.