Bizarrely, Waikawa Beach and Manakau also at Alert Level 2

A keen-eyed person on the Waikawa Beach Facebook group noticed this official information today at Wellington | Unite against COVID-19:

Wellington region moved to Alert Level 2 at 6pm on Wednesday 23 June [2021]. This area includes Ōtaki, Waikawa Beach, Manakau, Wairarapa, and Kāpiti Coast. This measure will remain in place until 11:59pm Sunday 27 June.

That seemed wrong because Waikawa Beach and Manakau aren’t in Wellington region so I emailed the officials. They directed me to the Boundary Map which confirms we are included in Level 2.

Level 2 boundary map includes Waikawa Beach and Manakau.
Level 2 boundary map includes Waikawa Beach and Manakau.

The text below reads, in part:

The Greater Wellington region boundary includes Ōtaki, Waikawa Beach, Manakau, Wairarapa, Kāpiti Coast, and also the islands within the Wellington Regional Boundary.

  • Commencing on the mean high-water mark of the west coast of the North Island at the mouth of the Waikawa Stream
  • proceeding in a generally north easterly direction along the south bank of the Waikawa stream to intersect with Waikawa Beach Road then along Waikawa Beach Road to intersect SH1

The main Level 2 requirements are to keep your distance, get tested and otherwise stay home if you’re sick, no more than 100 people at social gatherings.

Car theft from Takapu Road May 2021

Not happy to see wrongdoing close to Waikawa Beach reported in the 14 May 2021 newsletter from Deborah Campbell, District Coordinator, Horowhenua Neighbourhood Support:

UNLAWFUL TAKES OF M/V: Takapu Road (40-50), Manakau, 4/5/2021

CAR/PERSON ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY: Ihaka Hakuene St (1-20), Manakau, 12/5/2021

Newsletter screenshot.
Newsletter screenshot.

If you see suspicious behaviour around your own property or your neighbours, take photos if it’s safe to do so, and call the Police.

Game bird hunting season starts 01 May 2021

There are several areas around Waikawa Beach where gamebird hunting takes place. It’s easy, for example, to hear the shots from Lake Huritini. If you have animals that respond poorly to the sounds of shooting it would pay to keep them confined for a few hours from dawn on [Saturday] 01 May 2021.

Safety first this game bird hunting season | New Zealand Police:

With game bird hunting season starting on 1 May, Police is reminding people to be vigilant about safety.

“We encourage everyone heading out shooting this season to refresh themselves on the seven rules of firearm safety,” says Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith, Officer in Charge: Arms Safety and Control. …

The Seven Firearms Safety Rules

  1. Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
  2. Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
  3. Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
  4. Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
  5. Rule 5: Check your firing zone
  6. Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
  7. Rule 7: Avoid both alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

And for those who enjoy shooting, remember it is illegal to carry or use a loaded firearm in a vehicle. See Rabbits and firearms safety on the road for more detail.

Rabbits and firearms safety on the road

It’s a common complaint that there are too many rabbits around Waikawa Beach. They damage gardens, dig holes in the grass and also chomp their way through spinifex and pīngao on the dunes.

Some local farmers shoot the rabbits on their own properties.

Earlier in March though a member of the local community contacted us with a concern about a practice called spotlighting where people drive around in a vehicle equipped with a spotlight and then shoot rabbits from the vehicle.

One Saturday night at around 11.30 our correspondent saw:

…a truck/ute with men standing on the back and the spotlight on the roof. They were parked…

There was some alarm at the possibility of folks driving around at night on the roads of Waikawa Beach shooting at spotlit animal targets. The chance of stray bullets harming pets or people or property is quite a worry.

Note: if you have the permission of the landowner you can ‘spotlight’ on private property.

We contacted Firearms Licensing, Central District HQ to get an official response on this topic. They referred us to the Arms Code 2013 (2 MB PDF), and also responded:

Continue reading “Rabbits and firearms safety on the road”

Broken windows and missing fairy lights

These have recently come to our attention:

FYI House on Duncan St broken into [13 March 2021] — rock through a window. Cupboards rifled but nothing stolen as nothing worth stealing (not even the vintage board games). More nuisance than anything but wanted people to be aware.

Also, on 22 February 2021:

Hi everyone, We have just moved into Arthur St and meet all the neighbours. What a lovely bunch of folks thanks for the welcome.

Much to my horror my Fairy lights were stolen off the front deck . If anyone has any issues with Fairy Lights please come and ask, no need to steal them they are one of my most treasured Taonga,they bring a smile to my face .

Happy Days Nick