Here-turi-kōkā (August) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. Rain. Lots of rain (133 mm in August alone). Big puddles beside the roads, and a few property owners have discovered their low spots. Rainwater tanks should be brim full. Sunny warm days (highs around 18C), and a couple of decent frosts (low of -1.4C). The gorse is flowering, and soon the lupin will be too. Yes, it’s August (Here-turi-kōkā).

This month we have burglaries, beach buddies clean up, river news, road speed changes, local body elections, coming events: dune planting and a Strathnaver BBQ.

In this newsletter …

  1. Burglaries
  2. Beach buddies clean up
  3. River news
  4. Road speed changes
  5. Local Body elections
  6. Coming Events: spinifex planting, Strathnaver BBQ.
  7. Property news
  8. Next Committee meeting
  9. What do you LOVE about Waikawa Beach?

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Hōngongoi (July) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. Well, it’s that time of year when we have calm, warm, summery days, cold wintry days, strong winds, pouring rain, drizzle, grey, frosts and whatever else you can think of. The usual paddocks have been flooded lately and there’s been a lot of water around the river mouth, but no roads under water as yet.

This month we have a drone photo, property news, seals, toilet fixes, bikes and speed bumps and a reminder about whitebaiting coming up. Oh, and we STILL need a new Secretary. Could it be you? See details at: will-you-be-our-wbra-secretary and step up to volunteer.

In this newsletter …

  1. Hank Edwards Toilets fix
  2. The cost of the groyne removal
  3. Seals on the beach: take care!
  4. Whitebaiting
  5. Bikes and the Strathnaver speed bumps
  6. Getting back with the times
  7. Subscriptions and contact info
  8. We want to update our membership database
  9. Property news
    1. For Sale
    2. More building
    3. Subdivision on Reay Mackay Grove
  10. Next Committee meeting
  11. Do you know: River erosion led to the formation of the WBRA

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Pipiri (June) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. We’re almost at the turning point of the year: soon the days will grow longer and the Matariki stars will appear above the horizon in the morning sky. It’s a time to remember the dead, celebrate new life and plant new crops.

There’s been a bit happening lately, so we have news to report. And also a request: John Russell has been overtaken by pressing work commitments and has had to withdraw as Secretary of the WBRA, effective immediately. We urgently need someone to take over from him. Could it be you? See details at: waikawabeach.org.nz/2019/will-you-be-our-wbra-secretary and step up to volunteer.

In this newsletter …

  1. Congratulations to our own John Russell, MNZM
  2. Public Meeting about beach erosion: 08 June 2019
  3. The high-angle groyne has been removed
  4. Horizons Regional Council State of Environment Report
  5. Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project workshop
  6. Recycling calendar 2019-2020
  7. Rural road speed reductions affect us all
  8. Brief updates from the Horowhenua District Council
  9. Property news
  10. Next Committee meeting
  11. Subscriptions and contact info
  12. Do you know: Ten-Five is the number for non-urgent Police calls.

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Haratua (May) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. The major item this month is to make sure you know about the public meeting on Saturday 08 June 2019 at 10 am at the Manakau Hall. The meeting will discuss beach erosion and the Tonkin and Taylor Report.

And on the topic of water: this summer there were far fewer E. Coli warnings at the footbridge. Otherwise, we’ve been enjoying a bit of mid-year quiet.

In this newsletter …

  1. Water quality at the footbridge
  2. Public Meeting about beach erosion: 08 June 2019
  3. Problematic high-angle groyne to be removed
  4. River mouth photos
  5. Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project workshop
  6. Fishing vessels close to shore
  7. Seaweed dump
  8. Recycling changes
  9. Property news
  10. Next Committee meeting
  11. Subscriptions and contact info
  12. Do you know: What an AED is, where ours is, and how and when to use it?

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Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Along with a spot of rain we’ve had some truly perfect days. Plenty of people have been enoying the beach and the water, along with the blue skies and still warm sunshine.

It’s been a quiet month, but there are two major items to report: the erosion study and work to be done at the all-purpose beach access off Manga Pirau Street.

In this newsletter …

  1. Tonkin and Taylor beach erosion report
  2. New improved all-purpose access to Waikawa Beach
  3. Refresh for north and south tracks off Reay Mackay Grove
  4. Property news
  5. Next Committee meeting
  6. Subscriptions and contact info
  7. Do you know: Bittern or Matuku

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Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2019 Newsletter

Poutū-te-rangi (March) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. The year seems to be flying by. The mornings often bring a bit of ground fog, soon burned off by the sun, and followed by a scorching day. Some days the sea has been so calm and the day so warm you feel like you're on a Pacific island. Where are the coconut palms?

In this newsletter …

  1. Wandering stock
  2. Review of Speed Limits on Rural Roads
  3. Congested roads
  4. Congested river
  5. River cleanup
  6. Tonkin and Taylor erosion report
  7. Problems at Hank Edwards Reserve
  8. Reay Mackay Grove beach track maintenance
  9. Blue beach track marker posts
  10. Helicopters and Hercules
  11. Property news
  12. Do you know

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