Hanuere (January) 2020 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Welcome to the season formerly known as summer (raumati). This season’s colour is the cool tones of Drizzle Grey. What’s Hot: indoor activities. What’s Not: the weather.

  1. Summer activities
  2. AGM and Committee
  3. Waikawa Beach community values
  4. Recycling updates
  5. Rubbish updates
  6. Traffic news
  7. Drone photos
  8. Sunday yoga
  9. Sea spurge plants
  10. Fire restrictions
  11. Property news
  12. Subscriptions and membership details

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Hakihea (December) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. It’s the tui on the flax season.

Tui on a flax flower.
Tui on a flax flower.

We’ve had some very bright and sunny days, along with a few almost frosty nights, wind and nearly 50mm rain, half of it on Sunday 08 December. It’s hard to know if summer has begun or we’re still in spring. That rain brought down a large tree in Duncan Street and some large branches in Manga Pirau Street. Rain, wind, trees.

The last newsletter detailed all our summer activities. I hope we see you there, especially at the AGM. Could you volunteer to be on the Committee or are there issues to raise? Let us know right away! wbra.committee@gmail.com

Subs are due now. Many thanks to the 50 or so people who have already paid, and the 22 who have provided confirmed details so we can update our database of Members. Read more below if you haven’t yet paid or updated.

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Whiringa-ā-rangi (November) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Well, spring is doing a brilliant job of being spring. It’s giving us rain, wind, grey skies, with the occasional glimpse of hot sun too. The grass, as Wendy and Peter Clark said recently, “keeps growing”. Mind you, the Christmas lights on James Street are also busy growing and there should be a fine display soon.

With summer in the offing we have numerous activities organised. Details are below, but if you’re interested in golf, either 18-hole or Ambrose for the family, please contact us as soon as possible so we know if we should go ahead with arrangements. wbra.committee@gmail.com

Summer also brings the AGM and a call for nominations for the Committee. Most current Committee members are putting their names forward again, but Liz Duncan is standing down. If you’re interested in actively helping us to: “promote and protect the interests of Ratepayers and the residents of the district and to create and foster public interest in all matters affecting the progress and welfare of the district”, then please put in your nomination as soon as possible.

If you have any matters to put before the AGM they must be lodged with the Secretary 14 days prior to the Annual Meeting. That means we must have them by Friday 13 December 2019. wbra.committee@gmail.com

Of course, your more passive support by means of subs is welcome too, and in fact, needed. Subs are due now. We also need everyone to help us update our database of Members. Details below.

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Whiringa-ā-nuku (October) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora e te whānau. Well, there’s been no doubt about it being spring: cold, hot, grey, rain, blue skies, gales, coughs, colds and holidays. The lupin’s in bloom. The river has cut through its big loop to flow more directly to the sea. Whitebaiters have been out every day, and with Labour Weekend coming up we’re starting to look forward to the summer season.

In this newsletter …

  1. Local Body elections
  2. Fires and smoke
  3. Spinifex and pīngao
  4. How to report issues to the Council
  5. Changes to State Highway 1
  6. Road speed changes at Waikawa Beach
  7. Property news
  8. Subscriptions and membership details
  9. Do you know: we’re growing

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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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