Footbridge work has begun

The Horowhenua District Council are refurbishing our footbridge, with work starting on Monday 25 June 2018.

Footbridge repairs.
Footbridge repairs.

Frits, who’s in charge of the work said they’ll be putting on a new handrail, a rail along the bottom, and some metal strapping, all to make the bridge safer and more stable in an earthquake. It should help prevent the side-to-side movement too.

Over the top of the walkway will be plastic netting to provide an anti-slip surface folks can walk on with bare feet.

The bridge will be out of action for a few days while work proceeds.

Footbridge repairs Day One.
Footbridge repairs Day One.
Footbridge repairs Day One.
Footbridge repairs Day One.

Roading push by local Mayors

Seven mayors and a regional council chairman have created a lobbying force to convince the New Zealand Transport Agency to commit to big roading projects in the wider Manawatū. …

“A push for the full highway is still there … but we need a bypass on either side of Levin.”

That bypass, combined with tidying up known roading black spots near Ōhau, Manakau and bridges over railway lines was the minimum amount of work acceptable, he said.

“We’re all working together to keep Ōtaki to north of Levin right up the top of the pile.”

The re-evaluation of the road is expected to be done by the end of September.

Source: Mayors team up to lobby transport agency about Ōtaki-to-Levin highway | Stuff.co.nz

Otaki to North Levin Expressway panel 26 February 2018

Have questions about the Otaki to North Levin Expressway? Attend the meeting in Manakau on Monday 26 February 2018 to get some answers.

We received the following invitation to a panel about the Otaki to North Levin Expressway:

Greetings all Manakau Residents

The Manakau District Community Association had arranged for NZTA to attend a public meeting on MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY AT 7PM in the Manakau Hall to answer your questions.

The meeting will be a question and answer panel-style meeting, with the project manager and other experts available to answer your questions.

The meeting has been arranged for the Manakau Community, not the wider Horowhenua district. Priority (to ask questions) will be given to potentially directly affected Manakau residents and business owners (those people who have received letters), as well as those Manakau residents who border the proposed corridors. However, we encourage the wider Manakau community to come along and ask questions that may be relevant to the wider Manakau area.

To get the most out of the meeting we suggest you ensure you are aware of proposals and the basic project information; we don’t want to waste precious meeting time covering ground that is available on the NZTA website or at the pop-up shop. This is an opportunity to ask the more challenging questions about the project and/or process.

We look forward to seeing you there. 7 PM on MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2018 in the Manakau Hall.

Kind regards

Esther Sweet

Secretary

O2NL roading update January 2018

The Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway will affect us at Waikawa Beach, whatever final route is chosen. We should participate in the public discussion to help get the best outcome for our little corner of the world.

In recent times there have been a few very serious and even fatal accidents on the road between Ōtaki and Levin. That’s hardly surprising, given the fairly narrow road is full of not only cars and motorbikes, but also occasional cyclists, and a lot of vans, huge truck and trailer units, many with oversize loads, slow-moving farm vehicles and tractors, campervans, and vehicles of all kinds towing trailers, small and large.

Logging truck in Levin.
Logging truck in Levin.

The Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway will affect us at Waikawa Beach, whatever final route is chosen. We should participate in the public discussion to help get the best outcome for our little corner of the world.

Extracts from the Project Update:

On Monday 5 February the New Zealand Transport Agency will be presenting the shortlist of corridor options for the Ōtaki to north of Levin project.

The shortlist of options has been developed following our last round of engagement with the community in June 2017 …

Information will also be available online from Monday 5 February at www.nzta.govt.nz/otaki-levin-project.

From 7 February until 9 March, our shop at 183 Oxford Street, Levin will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm, and Thursday from 12pm-6pm. Feel free to drop in to speak to a member of the project team. No appointment is required. We’re also holding eight community information sessions during February and March.

The local information session will be on Saturday 10 February from 10am to 2pm at the Manakau Community Hall, 12 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau.

Will we see you at the local information session?

Bumps and lumps and puddles

Roading issues develop. Here are some on the agenda at the start of 2018.

Roads wear away, potholes and puddles appear, and sometimes fixes are discussed.

On 17 January 2018 Kevin Burns and Miraz Jordan representing the Association met with Brent Tucker, Roading Officer – Āpiha Arawaka, from the Horowhenua District Council, who are responsible for local roads. We looked at several areas that need attention. Orders have been sent out for these three. Photos by Brent Tucker.

  1. Corner of Walkers Lane: low shoulder needs to be built up and resealed as the edges are breaking.
  2. Corner of Drake Street and Waikawa Beach Road: seal is broken and needs to be repaired.
  3. Corner of Drake and Arthur Streets: the edge is broken and needs repair, and the shoulder has become quite high so a puddle develops. The shape of the berm needs to be changed.
Corner of Walkers Lane.
Corner of Walkers Lane.
Corner of Drake Street and Waikawa Beach Road.
Corner of Drake Street and Waikawa Beach Road.
Corner of Drake and Arthur Streets.
Corner of Drake and Arthur Streets.

We also looked at these (photos by Miraz):

  1. At the village entrance the side of the road is breaking away and vehicles are going up on the berm. Water ponds here.
  2. The Strathnaver Drive puddle that covered most or all of the road near 111B during the rainy parts of 2017. Brent will contact Horizons on this as it may be an issue with nearby property owners not keeping the streams or drains that run through their property clear.
  3. The problem of the Strathnaver Drive speed bumps for cyclists. While cars and trucks slow and handle them in the usual way, quad bikes and motorbikes just whizz past on the berm, but the many cyclists are stuck either enduring the bump or trying to handle the shingle and rabbit holes beside the bump. We asked for something to smooth the ride for cyclists, such as a little extra seal around the ends.
At the village entrance — Kevin Burns and Brent Tucker.
At the village entrance — Kevin Burns and Brent Tucker.
Strathnaver Drive puddle.
Strathnaver Drive puddle.
Cyclists have to contend with shingle and speed bumps on Strathnaver Drive.
Cyclists have to contend with shingle and speed bumps on Strathnaver Drive.

Beach speed submission 2017, Part Two

The Association made both written and oral submissions on the Council’s plans to change the maximum speed for vehicles travelling on the beach.

In Fast or slow: what’s the best speed for our beach? we talked about the Horowhenua District Council’s consultation on vehicle speeds on the beach, and the submission the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association sent in. In brief: we support lower speeds and would like a special 30 Kph zone along the part of the beach from roughly where the village ends in the north all the way south to the border with Kāpiti.

On 27 October 2017 we made an oral submission to the Hearings Committee to support our position. Here’s what John Hewitson said:

Thank you for opportunity to speak to our submission.

The association would like to see the beach speed reduced from 100km/h to 40km/h but would agree with the comment made by Senior Sargeant Paroli that at 50km/h the harm caused in an accident is reduced.

Access to the beach is through private land and there is a sharp bend in the track thereby making others on the track hard to see thereby increasing the risk of an accident. The speed through the track and on to the beach should be a maximum of 30km/h. During the School and Christmas holidays the number of families staying at the beach increases hugely and as an example we had 65 plus kayaks entered in the boat race at Christmas time and the number of people attending the sports day on New Years day would well exceed 100. Access to these events is on the road.

The speed on Waikawa beach road is too high at 100km/h and needs to be reduced permanently to 80 km/h. Should it not be possible due to the Act to reduce it all the way from SH1 consideration needs to be made in reducing the speed to 80km/h from the Farm house at Waikawa Beach Road to the 50 km/h sign at the entrance to the settlement similar to Waiterere.

There are new gateways being established from this residence and there was a need to reduce the speed at Walkers Lane to 30km/h during the removal of logging.

The WBRA would also prefer that the 50km/h signs be moved out just beyond the planting at the entrance so that they are clearly visible to all entering and leaving the settlement.

It should also be stated that there are no footpaths in any of the areas mentioned and hence the request for a 30km/h speed over the busy Christmas period.

It is also hoped that once the speed is reduced to 30km/h across the area in front of the settlement that the incidence of trail and quad bikes entering the dunes and destroying the vegetation will end.

The HDC Hearings Committee Open Agenda 27 October 2017 (19.2 MB PDF) and Agenda Attachment (5.4 MB PDF) documents also provide more information on this topic. See especially the Officer Comment on Page 7 of the Agenda.