Interest in Waikawa Beach holiday home

… new data from an accommodation website has revealed the most searched regions and the most coveted holiday home in the country.

The Holiday Houses website, which is owned by Trade Me, says it has seen a massive increase in people searching for a place to spend their 2020 Queen’s Birthday weekend.…

It also revealed the number one property that drew the most interest by travellers searching online, which was this eight-bedroom beachfront mansion at Waikawa Beach, going for $275 per night.

Source: New Zealand’s most popular holiday home destinations for Queen’s Birthday weekend | Newshub.

Despite the weather, Kiwis are heading to the beach. Photo credit: Holiday Houses/TradeMe.
Despite the weather, Kiwis are heading to the beach. Photo credit: Holiday Houses/TradeMe.

That house is at the south end of Reay Mackay Grove.

Horizons Annual Plan 2020-21 consultation

Horizons Regional Council is looking for feedback on their proposed 2020-21 Annual Plan. Deadline is 5pm, Sunday 17 May 2020.

Note: the rates for Horizons Regional Council are changing. Check the amount for your property at the RatesSearch page.

See the summary document at the link above or download it from here (750Kb PDF).

One item of interest:

In 2020 Horizons, working with our partner councils, will complete a vulnerability assessment. This work will identify climate-related impacts across the region and make recommendations on how to address them.

Horizons Regional Council says:

We are seeking your feedback on our proposed 2020-21 Annual Plan by 5pm, Sunday 17 May 2020.

This can be done via Horizons’ Facebook page, calling us on 0508 800 800, or emailing with the subject line titled 2020-21 Annual Plan feedback.

Because of the shortened timeframes, detailed documentation is not available so if you want to know more about specific activities or line items please contact your local councillor directly or email Horizons at


Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō digital hub

The library in Levin is to receive funding for a digital hub:

New Zealand’s regions will be better connected through five new digital hubs being funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Alert Level 4 lockdown has shown that good internet connectivity is crucial. While we were staying in our bubbles at home, a great many of us used the internet to work, shop, pay bills, keep in touch with loved ones, and learn.

“It is something many of us take for granted, yet some communities have limited ability to access the internet or the tools to use it for financial reasons or because of their location,” Shane Jones said. …

“The hubs will allow people to connect for business development and support, and offer services such as free wi-fi, co-working spaces and guidance on use of the internet for business and skills development purposes.” Shane Jones said. …

The following will receive $400,000 each for a new regional digital hub: … Te Kateretanga O Kura-Hau-Pō, operated by Horowhenua District Council …

Source: More regions to receive digital hubs |

Council handbook helps you be more involved

The following information was sent through from the Horowhenua District Council:

If you or your group are keen to learn more about how you can engage with Council and be more involved in local democratic processes, the newly-published Council Handbook 2020, will be of interest. The handbook is a collection of information about the processes through which Council engages with residents of Horowhenua, as well as how Council makes decisions and how residents and ratepayers can influence these processes.

The handbook incorporates Horowhenua District Council’s ‘Local Governance Statement’. Under the Local Government Act 2002, every council in New Zealand reviews its Local Governance Statement within six months of local elections.

The handbook includes information about: functions, responsibilities, and activities of Council; electoral arrangements; governance structures and processes; how elected members make decisions; the management structure and key processes of Council; and the six community outcomes identified as priorities in Council’s Long Term Plan. It also contains key district statistics; how to contact elected members; and which elected members serve on which committees, statutory bodies and community groups.

Download the
Horowhenua District Council Handbook 2020 (5 MB PDF).

The WBRA has also ordered 10 printed copies, expected to be available once the Covid-19 Alert Levels have gone. Or ask the Council for one directly: available in print from Council’s customer service centres or by contacting Council on 06 366 0999 or

Toilet block — local mural artist and builder wanted

We’ve had an email today from the lead on the Hank Edwards Reserve toilet block renovations. In particular he’s looking for a local mural artist and a local construction company. Email or call +64272022156.

Morena koutou,

Greetings from Otaki.

I hope you are all in good health and that the lock up had only a limited impact into your life.

We, Robyn and I, have used the time in lock up to work further on the detailed design for the toilet block and I hope that the final draft (incl. documents for the application) will be ready by end of this month. For sure those detailed designs will be shared and discussed with you as soon as they are ready.

I would like to follow up on two points I already have raised during our meeting.

We would like to consider a mural at the external walls and wonder if there is any local artist in Waikawa Beach who might be interested in supporting her/ his community?

I also would like to hear from any local construction companies who will have the capability and equipment for such work as I would like to invite this company into the upcoming tender process. For sure this company, if existing, would need to undergo the Health and Safety approval process of Horowhenua District Council and we could start this process already to be ready in case this local builder would win the tender process.

Please be so nice and have a thought and come back to me.

Best regards and stay safe.

Stephan Titze
Property and Parks Project Lead • Horowhenua District Council

Libraries Horowhenua ebooks and Internet

Info for you and for those you know who aren’t online:

Introducing a special eMembership that you can sign up to online. Becoming an e-Member of Libraries Horowhenua will give you access to:

  • e-books and audiobooks via Overdrive and Wheelers
  • Digital databases

To sign up, complete the form on the website and we will be in touch with your membership details.

You can also contact for further enquiries.

And for those without Internet (tell your friends and neighbours):

Do you need internet at home, or do you know of someone who might?

With all that is going on in our world and the need for physical distancing, the ability to be digitally connected with each other has never been more important. Libraries Horowhenua is proud to be a Skinny JUMP partner, and help connect our community.

Skinny JUMP (previously Spark JUMP) is designed for households at risk of digital exclusion, who don’t already have a broadband connection at home.

Skinny Jump is flexible prepaid broadband: Only $5 for 30GB of data, no contracts or credit checks, and the modem comes free of charge. Just top up as you go.

The eligibility criteria for JUMP has been widened, if you identify with one or more of the following groups, this could be for you:

  • Families with children
  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • Migrants and refugees with English as a second language
  • Māori & Pasifika youth
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • People living in social housing

If you would like to refer yourself, or someone you know, contact Renee on 0272024944 or email

Find out more.