Kia ora e te whānau. Well, it’s the time of year where you mow the grass, turn your back for a minute and it shoots up so you have to mow it again. On the other hand veges are coming up nicely in the garden too.
In case you missed it, there was a General Election. We have a new MP in this area: Terisa Ngobi, for Labour.
Read on in this newsletter for details of the Waikawa Beach Summer Activities, open to all at the beach.
Beware burglars: there have been more reports of thefts and burglaries from this area. Talk to your neighbours and keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Lock up your stuff. If you have concerns call the Police.
Handy phrase for the month: Kua tae mai ngā kūaka. (The godwits have arrived.)
Kia ora koutou kātoa. Spring is definitely with us, bringing gales, late frosts, warm days, cold days, rain, and of course the Great Changing Of The Clocks. Handy phrase for the month: Kei te pupuhi te hau! (It’s windy!)
When the WBRA Committee meets at Labour Weekend we’ll be planning summer events and activities. Let’s hope that our Covid-19 reponse in this country continues well so we’ll be able to relax and run our usual activities.
Before then, of course, we have the General Election. There are many polling places available for those voting in this Ōtaki electorate, including the Manakau District Hall, 12 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau, from 9 am to 7 pm on 17 October 2020. You should have received your voting papers by now, so please make sure to cast your ballot.
If you can spare an hour on the morning of Saturday 22 August 2020 to plant a tray of spinifex and pingao plants then we’d love your help! Horowhenua District Council are supplying 3,000 plants. Bring a spade and a few friends or family members if you can. Read more at: Spinifex planting 9.30 am Saturday 22 August 2020 — please join in.
It’s the time of year when we start seeing seals on the beach, often cleverly disguised to look like bits of driftwood. Be extra cautious if you’re driving, and keep an eye on dogs and children. The law says we must keep our distance.
Determined burglars about
Up at Manakau recently burglars went to extreme lengths to remove items from a locked and protected house. Read more at Beware the burglars. Meanwhile the Waikawa Beach Facebook group had reports of firewood and water thefts. Keep in touch with your neighbours to keep an eye on the properties around you.
The Ōtaki to North of Levin highway is progressing, with NZTA about to start consulting with affected landowners. Meanwhile, the WBRA is representing the Waikawa Beach perspective. If you have comments about the O2NL project then email us at email@example.com.
It’s officially winter but there have been plenty of ‘deck’ days out in warm sun under a clear blue sky, and the beach, as always, has been fabulous. And now, ever so slowly, the days are growing longer.
We’ve been seeing a few visitors back in the rental baches but things are pretty quiet still.
Once Queen’s Birthday weekend rolled around and we could all travel about again, apparently interest in Waikawa Beach spiked. The Holiday Houses website, owned by Trade Me, saw a massive increase in people searching for a place to spend their 2020 Queen’s Birthday weekend. The number one property that drew the most interest by travellers searching online, was an eight-bedroom beachfront mansion on Reay Mackay Grove. Read more at Interest in Waikawa Beach holiday home.
The house at 37 Sarah Street sold. There are still a few properties available on Amelia Way, off Emma Drive.
Pizzas and veges
Just up the road the Manakau Market will deliver boxes of fruit and veges, and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they also deliver pizza from 5 to 8 pm. Read more at Local business delivers veges and pizzas.
Each year the Horowhenua District Council reports on how many dogs are registered, how many of those are dangerous or menacing, and where those dogs are to be found. In 2018–2019 (the most recent information) there were 4 menacing dogs and no dangerous dogs at Waikawa Beach. Read more at 4 menacing dogs at Waikawa Beach.
Also: be careful around dogs while on the beach. A local resident’s dog was attacked by a large white dog on the beach a few weeks ago. Animal Control are following up on this.
It can be specially hard for drivers over winter, especially with the low angle of the sun, or on grey days with drizzle and gloom. Which means that folks out on bikes or horses, jogging or walking can be particularly hard to see. Add in dark clothing and there’s an accident in the making. Unfortunately people and dogs are unlikely to come out of a collision well. Please, if you’re out exercising wear fluorescent colours, or at least light and bright colours.
Manakau Quiz Night
Perhaps during the Shutdown you spent some time building your knowledge bank of history, literature, entertainment, sports? Then the Winter in Paradise Quiz Night on Friday 17 July 2020 will be your chance to shine. Read about it at Manakau District Community Association : AGM, Quiz Night.
1845 and no main road
So you think the days when SH1 is jammed up and it takes you 3 hours to reach Waikawa Beach are a hardship? You need to read The wonderful journey of Thomas Bevan in 1845. With no SH1, on a trip from Wellington to Waikawa Beach in 1845 several children and their guide slogged through dense bush, up and down hills, with numerous overnight stops.
The Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block plans are progressing. No actual updates yet, but draft plans are nearing a stage where they could be ready for community comment. One potential difficulty is that as Horowhenua District Council needs to cut back on spending, the work might not be carried out this year. We’ll update you once there’s confirmed information.
The various species of tī (cabbage tree) are noted for their ability to survive in spite of the serious prunings they receive. Even one cut to ground level normally produces young shoots. Moreover they can easily be transplanted from cuttings. Man is quite the opposite. Once he falls (dies), he will never rise again. — Te Ao Hou, No. 17 (December 1956)
The first weekend in Level 2 brought quite the crowd of folks to Waikawa Beach, both visitors and weekenders who’d been away from their baches for quite a few weeks now. Several boats launched off the beach, in one case leaving the trailer it was on, and the tractor attached to that trailer, firmly stuck in the sand. The tractor and trailer were later extracted, with great difficulty.
The Hank Edwards Reserve toilets are open again, and some renewed road markings at the intersection with SH1, down Waikawa Beach Road, and through the village have brought a touch of freshness.
The Council’s gardeners did a bit of work at the village entrance and some lupin trimming beside the tracks to the beach.
Meanwhile a couple of days of rain early in the month brought a very welcome almost 70 mm of water for the tanks and garden, but otherwise the phrase to use is ‘bone dry’. We’ve had some ground fogs in the morning, and even a good frost. We also saw some pretty high tides and a couple of gusty westerlies.
And, by the way, duck hunting starts on Saturday 23 May 2020.
Kia ora koutou katoa. It’s hard to believe the last newsletter was less than 3 weeks ago — it feels like a lifetime. As I write, we are two weeks into the Level 4 Alert for Covid-19, and we expect it to be at least another two. After that, who knows!
But, on the upside, things are gorgeously quiet here at the beach. The streets are safer than ever for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. There’s been a fair bit of sun, a bit of rain for the garden, and a lot of friendly waving.