Haratua (May) 2021 Newsletter

Haratua (May) 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou kātoa,
It’s been variously frosty, very windy, warm, and we’ve even had a bit of rain — about 32 mm since the start of May. With this wind, if you haven’t been down to the beach lately, don’t worry — it’s come to visit you instead!

We often give this message: keep an eye on your properties. Unfortunately there was recently a car theft from Takapu Road. Eyes open!

And while keeping your eyes open, remember to look up sometimes at the night sky, especially on 26 May 2021, when there’s a total lunar eclipse.

  1. You’re invited! Awa Pukapuka launch
  2. Roads and transport
  3. Local News
  4. Property
  5. WBRA Subscriptions

You’re invited! Awa Pukapuka launch

The artist, Wendy Hodder, has completed the painting on the Little Free Library and it looks fabulous. Time to launch — please join in!

Saturday 29 May 2021 at 1.30 pm, rain day Sunday, at the library, by the footbridge. Bring a glass and meet your neighbours. There will be some beverages and snacks.

Awa Pukapuka with painting completed.
Awa Pukapuka with painting completed.

Roads and transport

  • After recent rumblings around the place Horowhenua District Council confirmed it wants the Expressway completed.

  • Meanwhile, Can rail relieve our roads?

  • And on the topic of major roads, we asked for the accident statistics for the 2020 calendar year between Ōtaki and Levin. In short: there were 4 serious, 8 minor, and 14 non-injury crashes. Four of the crashes led to road closure. Luckily no crashes were fatal.

Local News

On 30 April 2021 it suddenly sounded like a huge truck and trailer full of shingle was rumbling through the house at about 8.45 am. Turned out it was in fact a rare earthquake pretty much directly below Waikawa Beach. It was a M2.8, with the epicentre only about 4 Km away and 5 Km deep. Wakey wakey shakey shakey.

Distance from quake per Google Maps.
Distance from quake per Google Maps.

Blair once again provided us with a magnificent set of River mouth drone photos. Check them out.

Plastic recycling — only types 1, 2 and 5 can go in your recycling bin, otherwise it has to go in the rubbish. BTW: recycling dates are listed on the right-hand side of the WBRA website. Next recycling day is Monday 24 May 2021. Then 07 and 21 June, 05 and 19 July.

Manakau District Community Association are holding their AGM on 25 May 2021.

Property

Recent property listings: 6 James Street, 61-63 Manga Pirau Street, 146 Strathnaver Drive (sold).

Is your $25 WBRA Subscription due?

WBRA subscription $25 per year, is due every October. After you pay, Elaine, our Treasurer emails you a receipt. Please check your emails and bank records to see if you’ve already paid.

If you haven’t paid yet for 2021, please pay now. Make sure to give us your email address on the bank form!

Special note: we can no longer accept cheques.

With a lunar eclipse this month here are some handy words to know: Marama, Rā, Papatūānuku : Moon, Sun, Earth.

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou kātoa,
It’s been a quiet time recently at Waikawa Beach: you can go down to the sea and not see a soul.

Or maybe, like John Hewitson, you catch sight of a suspicious looking black lump on the sand and find a penguin entangled in discarded fishing net, unable to swim or feed. That lucky little bird ended up at Wellington Zoo for care: The penguin says: down with death trap nets!

Or perhaps you spot a young seal, resting up on the sand. It seems early in the season for that, but we’ve heard of at least one this month, north of the river.

Keep an eye open for our wildlife.

  1. Awa Pukapuka open for reading
  2. HDC matters
  3. Local News
  4. Property
  5. WBRA Subscriptions

Awa Pukapuka open for reading

The Little Free Library has been put in place at the corner of Drake Street and Waikawa Beach Road, stocked with books and more and is already being well-used. The artist has drafted up some designs for the sides and a couple of other finishing touches are on their way. Once it’s all done we expect an official launch: speeches, drinks and nibbles, and everyone in the community is invited. We’ll let you know when. Check the guidelines for Awa Pukapuka at Awa Pukapuka open for reading.

HDC matters

There are a few matters related to the Horowhenua District Council:

  • Problems with Waikawa Beach Road — sometimes we hear grumbles about Waikawa Beach Road, such as the corner near 554 Waikawa Beach Road by the Heritage Trail sign where several cars have left the road over the last year or so.

    The thing is, Horowhenua District Council are unlikely to fix things like that if they don’t know there’s a problem. If you have an issue with the road or anything else you think the Council should ‘fix’ then tell them about it directly. The more voices that chime in with facts and accurate information the more likely there will be action. Council contacts: Email: enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz, Phone: 06 366 0999.

  • In the Horowhenua District Council’s draft Annual Plan we spotted a proposal for a new Waikawa Beach walkway that no-one had heard anything about before. It would go from the footbridge to the sea. Check details at HDC Long-Term Plan and a new Waikawa Beach walkway.

  • Should Horowhenua District Council introduce a Māori Ward? You can have your say by 04 May 2021.

Penguin totally tangled in fishing net.
Penguin totally tangled in fishing net.

Local News

In May 2020 Tim Clapham from Wellington High School took a sample from the river at Waikawa Beach. The results of Sample number: 501185 show the presence of environmental DNA from cattle, pigs, birds such as shags, pūkeko, silvereye and geese, fish such as flounder and mullet, eels and īnanga, as well as snails, worms and other lifeforms. Read more at What’s in the river water at Waikawa Beach?

The Horowhenua District Council funded spinifex plantings over recent years have done a great job of reclaiming sand and extending dunes. See some photos at Spinifex superpowers.

Perky penguin in a box.
Perky penguin in a box.

Property

Recent property listings: 6 James Street, 4/17 Strathnaver Drive (sold), 668 Waikawa Beach Road (sold).

Is your WBRA Subscription due?

WBRA subscription $25 per year, is due every October. If you haven’t paid yet, please do now. Make sure to provide us with your email address! Everyone: please see Subs form to make sure we have your up-to-date contact details. Visit Become a member for how to pay.

Special note: the address for posting cheques to has changed. It’s now 93 Mandel Mews, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt 5010, but pretty soon Westpac will stop accepting cheques anyway.

Waikawa Beach is perfect for the outdoorsy life, so this is a handy phrase to know: Tama tu, tama ora; tama noho, tama mate kai. : One who stands lives; one who sits, perishes. — Better get moving!

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau,
Autumn has brought some very photographic morning mists, Misty autumn moods and absolutely stunning days at the beach with calm aquamarine sea and gentle waves lapping at the shore.

Days have tended warm and sunny though nights have often been pretty chilly.

In the last newsletter we mentioned two major incidents that closed the road near Ōhau, one for about 5 hours. Then on 23 March 2021 there was another fatal accident, this time at Kuku Beach Road, and again the road was closed for hours. Maybe it’s time to investigate a way to fly between Ōtaki, Levin and Waikawa Beach! (Just kidding! … I think.)

  1. Property
  2. HDC Long Term Plan 2021–2041
  3. Climate Change talks
  4. Intersection frustration
  5. Local News
  6. WBRA Subscriptions

Property

A few houses have been listed since the last newsletter: 34 Sarah St (sold), 13 Strathnaver Drive (sold), 668 Waikawa Beach Road, 60 Sarah Street, 111 Strathnaver Drive (sold). Word on the street is that sale prices have been well above asking. Sales have been pretty quick too.

Apparently a house in James Street is being readied for sale.

Dunes and river in mist.
First sun touches the Toitoi by Lesley-Anne Walker.

HDC Long Term Plan 2021–2041

Horowhenua District Council have put out their latest Long Term Plan for consultation. Key consultation topics include:

  • If HDC should reintroduce Development Contributions as a key tool for funding our growth infrastructure
  • Proposed Changes to the Land Transport Targeted Rate differential
  • Proposed changes to the general rate.

Read more at: HDC Long Term Plan 2021–2041, submissions close 19 April 2021.

Climate Change talks

Horizons Regional Council have set up a Joint Climate Action Committee, which will include representatives from iwi, Horizons and seven territorial authorities. The Committee will oversee action on climate change across the region. Read more at Climate change concerns Horizons and Horowhenua Councils.

Intersection frustration

(Still) Fed up with the intersection of Waikawa Beach Road and SH1? Well, settle in for the long haul. It seems pretty clear that Waka Kotahi are both unable and unwilling to make any substantive changes. Read the grim details at No Change: intersection SH1 and Waikawa Beach Road, update March 2021.

Local News

Broken windows and missing fairy lights: Duncan and Arthur Streets have had some recent problems.

Australasian Bittern sightings: the critically endangered Australasian Bittern is extremely rare and very hard to see, but we’re lucky enough that there’s been one hanging round the Strathnaver area. Check the article for a couple of photos.

Bamboo and flood debris lead to eels stranding at the Waiorongomai Stream. Greater Wellington Council aim to get that sorted out.

Awa Pukapuka update. Apparently Horowhenua District Council are stumping up money towards painting the Little Free Library, but the Roading team have been very slow to sort out exact placement for it near the noticeboards. Folks on the Waikawa Beach Facebook page have been very enthused about it, offering help with putting it into position and stocking it with books, DVDs and games.

Looking past dunes to the sea and Kāpiti Island.
Morning beach. Photo by Miraz Jordan.

WBRA Subscriptions are due now

It’s hardly news: WBRA subscription $25 per year. Please pay up. 😀 Your support helps us work on behalf of the community. Make sure to provide us with your email address! See Subs form to give us your updated contact details and Become a member for how to pay.

Special note: the address for posting cheques to has changed. It’s now 93 Mandel Mews, Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt 5010, but pretty soon Westpac will stop accepting cheques anyway.

And with this glorious weather we’ve been having and some holidays coming up, what better phrase to know than: Ehara i te tī : You only live once. — The various species of tī 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).

Ngā mihi nui,
Miraz Jordan

Kohi-tātea (January) 2021 WBRA Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau,
This summer has been marked by cooler, greyer weather, and wind, and bits of rain and even the occasional thunderstorm. The threat of rain moved our AGM at the very last moment from Hank Edwards Reserve to the Manakau Hall. That caught out quite a few people and the Committee has resolved to look into getting a marquee for future AGMs.

There have been a few hot sunny days too, to keep the spirits up, and to bake those caught up in traffic queues caused by two major incidents that closed the road near Ōhau, one for about 5 hours.

And then we’ve had well-patronised summer activities: Sports Day, Boat Day and Sand Sculpture Day.

  1. Summer Activities
  2. Transport Trials
  3. Trees
  4. Recycling Station
  5. Local News
  6. WBRA Subscriptions
  7. SH1 Intersection

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Tīhema (December) 2020 WBRA Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau,
It’s been wet. Very wet: about 132 mm of rain since the last newsletter 4 weeks ago. Oh, and warm, so all the lawns and weeds and veges have been growing like anything.

In this newsletter we have several water-themed items. But first a few quick notes.

  1. Quick notes
  2. Awa Pukapuka
  3. River news
  4. Beach news

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Noema (November) 2020 WBRA Newsletter

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.)

Important note: Village entrance tree removal, 23 and 24 November 2020 may cause delays, so leave extra time for your travel.

In this newsletter:

  1. Summer activities
  2. Property
  3. Recycling station
  4. Toilet block on hold
  5. Brief news
  6. WBRA Subscriptions are due now

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