Village entrance tree removal, 23 and 24 November 2020

Update 18-Nov-20: Electra have advised:

There will be stop/go temporary traffic management in place on the day(s) when the larger parts of the trees are coming down.

This may well cause delays so leave extra time to get to appointments on Monday and Tuesday.

Electra have assessed some Radiata Pine trees growing near 676 Waikawa Beach Road and found them to be dangerous:

During these inspections our senior arborist staff discovered there were some faults with the trees that could cause their partial failure resulting in parts of the trees coming to ground.

… taking into account the risk to public safety and probable damage to Electra’s overhead electricity network suppling the beach community, … Electra [will] remove them.

The proposed date for the works is November 23rd and 24th [2020], weather and unforeseen circumstance permitting.

Map of location.

We don’t have any further details at the moment, but it would be reasonable to expect that road access into and out of the village could be delayed or blocked for a while so the work can be done.

Avoid burning waste

A reminder today from Horizons Regional Council:

Burning waste can be hazardous to health & the environment, & should be your last option for disposing of waste. If you do have to burn it, please note that no offensive smoke or odour should cross property boundaries, & smoke must not affect visibility on roads or for aircraft.


It’s also a good idea to check with @FireEmergencyNZ to find out if you require a permit. For more information, including what you can and can’t burn, head to

Horizons on burning waste.
Horizons on burning waste.

Workshop: Keep your kids safe online, 05 November 2020, free

Keeping kids safe online is a challenge every parent faces in today’s cyber-connected world.

Horowhenua District Council is hosting a practical workshop on the evening of 5 November [2020] to help raise awareness of the dangers young people face online and how to navigate the risks safely.

Experienced child protection facilitator Leanne Couch from Kiwi Community Child Protection Training and ECPAT Child Alert engagement facilitator Kristen Haines will cover tips for navigating social media safely, the dangers of online predators, the dynamics of grooming, risks associated with apps and games, the effects of pornography on young people and how to navigate discussions with them about it.

Ms Couch said the workshop would be valuable for parents, caregivers, and anyone who works with young people, such as school staff.

The workshop will be held from 6pm to 8:30pm on Thursday 5 November in Horowhenua District Council Chambers, Levin. Admission is free, but space is limited to 40 participants so registration is encouraged to secure a place. People can contact to register.

Test of Emergency Mobile Alert on Sunday 22 November 2020

Update: this has been cancelled:

The annual test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system has been cancelled. In consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, and the potential for confusion, we have decided not to proceed with the test.

This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November 2020.

Put it in your diary as the klaxon sound from your phone can be pretty surprising!

This year’s nationwide test of Emergency Mobile Alert will take place on the evening of Sunday 22 November.

Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area.

Find out more about the Emergency Mobile Alert system at

Whakamātau ā-motu o te Matohi Waea Pūkoro Ohotata.

Source: National Emergency Management Agency.

Free COVID-19 testing in Levin Tuesday 1 September 2020

The pop-up will be at the car park on the corner of Salisbury St and Bath St, behind New World, on Tuesday 1 September [2020] from 10am to 4pm.

MidCentral DHB Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Weir encourages anyone without cold or flu-like symptoms to drop into the pop-up site to get a free test for COVID-19.

We would like to see people, whether they have symptoms or not, coming to any of the planned pop-up sites around the region. In particular, we’d strongly encourage those who are at greater risk of poor health outcomes if they were to contract COVID-19 to get a test. This includes Māori and Pasifika people, those aged over 65, as well as members of the community who live with a chronic illness, such as respiratory disease, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

It’s important to remember that this testing is not just for your own peace of mind, it’s also to provide your family, friends and the wider community with a sense of confidence that we remain on track in our efforts to stamp out COVID-19.”

For anyone experiencing cold or flu symptoms, testing is available at general practices throughout the MidCentral DHB region and at the Palmerston North Designated Testing Centre on Main Street, seven days a week.

“We are asking people who are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID-19 to call Healthline or their GP team to arrange for a test.”

COVID-19 symptoms include: coughing, high temperature (at least 38˚C), shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose or temporary loss of smell.

Source: Pop-up COVID-19 testing stations in the MidCentral region » MidCentral District Health Board.

COVID-19 Alert L2, 12-15 August 2020

With possible community transmission in Auckland we are moving to Covid Alert Level 2 for 3 days. In brief: keep your distance, wash your hands, track where you go and who you interact with.

All regions in New Zealand, except for the Auckland region, will move to Alert Level 2 at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August 2020. [To end at midnight on Friday 14 August 2020.]

Auckland region will move to Alert Level 3

What you need to know

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. You can still go to work and school, but you should:

  • keep your distance from other people in public
  • wash your hands
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen
  • wear a mask if you can.

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19

People at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to take additional precautions when leaving home.

Source: Alert Level 2 | Unite against COVID-19.

Symptoms chart.
Symptoms chart.