Footbridge closed 27 November 2021 for one day

Alert: the owners of the private land across the footbridge have asked us to advise the community:

on Saturday 27 November 2021 there will be no public access across the bridge and onto the private land as there will be an Orienteering event there that day. Access across the bridge will be closed from before 10 am until around 4 pm.

You’re still welcome to use the bridge and the private land before then and after the event.

Many thanks to the landowners for generously allowing the general public to use their land the rest of the time.

5 hour powercut thanks to storm, 17 August 2021

The thunderstorms rolled in on the evening of Tuesday 17 August 2021. Round about 1030 pm though there was fierce lightning and a really loud thunderclap right overhead. Then the lights went out. And stayed out till almost 6 am on the 18th, just after more fierce thunder and lightning.

Power cut 17 August 2021.
Power cut 17 August 2021.

There was torrential rain too, at several points, but with the power off the weather stations weren’t recording …

It may have just been the Strathnaver area as folks in the village apparently didn’t lose power.

It’s a good reminder though to keep devices charged and to have some emergency drinking water in the house.

Army exercise at Hank Edwards Reserve 14 September 2021

We just received advice from Craig Kidd, Horowhenua District Council Parks and Property Officer | Āpiha Papa Rēhia, Rawa:

We are informing you that the army have been given approval for running a communications exercise on the 14 September 2021 at Hank Edwards Reserve.

The exercise will not stop people from using the reserve and advising as a matter of courtesy.

If we learn anything more we’ll let you know.

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.