What and when to recycle

Horowhenua District Council collects recycling from Waikawa Beach every second Monday. Upcoming dates are:

  1. 12 October 2020
  2. 26 October 2020
  3. 9 November 2020
  4. 23 November 2020
  5. 7 December 2020
  6. 21 December 2020
  7. 4 January 2021
  8. 18 January 2021

Also check the right-hand side of the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association website for dates.

Get recycling right poster.

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Free Covid-19 tests in Ōtaki on Tuesday 13 October 2020

In a press release from Mid-Central DHB:

COVID-19 testing efforts continue in MidCentral region

Testing for any cases of COVID-19 in the MidCentral DHB region continues, with temporary pop up sites being set up in Foxton and Ōtaki for anyone who wants a test.

The first pop-up will take place on Saturday, 10 October, at the Foxton Rugby Club clubrooms at Easton Park from 10am to 4pm. Following that, there will be a pop-up in Ōtaki on Tuesday, 13th October [2020], at the Main St carpark behind the Te Runanga O Raukawa Inc and Ōtaki Museum buildings from 10am to 4pm.

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Rates rebate applications open for 2020

From: Rates rebate applications invited for 2020/2021 rating year – Horowhenua District Council:

It is time to apply for a rates rebate for the 2020/2021 rating year.

Rebates of up to $655 may be available to eligible residential ratepayers.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Named as a ratepayer for that property, and;
  • Living at that property on 1 July 2020.

Rebates are based on total household income for the tax year ending 31 March 2020 and the amount of rates for both Horowhenua District Council and Horizons Regional Council for the 2020/2021 rating year.

To check your entitlement, visit the ‘Getting a rates rebate’ page and enter your details into the rebate calculator.

Alternatively, contact Horowhenua District Council to arrange to meet with a Rates Rebates team member. Home visits can be arranged, if necessary. To make an appointment, phone 06 366 1050 between 10 August and 21 August [2020], or email your name and phone number to ratesrebates@horowhenua.govt.nz. Calls after 21 August should be made to 06 366 0999.

Further details and information are available at the page linked above.

Have your say on the HDC Rates Postponement Policy 2020

Horowhenua District Council wants to know if you support a policy that will give affected ratepayers relief during or after an extraordinary or emergency event. …

Mayor Bernie Wanden said the policy aims to give Council a tool to allow it to provide relief to those suffering hardship during uncertain times.

“Living in the Shaky Isles, we’re all well aware of the risks of earthquakes and tsunamis, but we’re also warned to expect more droughts and floods due to climate change. Therefore, we’ve made the draft policy flexible so that it will work for any event and not necessarily a civil defence emergency,” said Mayor Wanden. “The policy can even be used if a home or business is rendered unusable.”

“We now need to hear from residents, businesses and organisations to find out their thoughts on the draft policy so that we can incorporate changes to reflect our communities’ concerns before the policy is adopted.” …

The consultation period runs from Friday 17 July through to 4pm on Friday 31 July and a hearing will be held in Council’s Chambers on 5 August. The final draft policy will be considered for adoption at Council’s 12 August meeting and if adopted the policy will be operative before the first rates instalment is due on 15 September 2020.

Source: Have your say on the Draft Rates Postponement Policy – Horowhenua District Council.

New beach access signs for Reay Mackay Grove tracks

There are two tracks to the beach off Reay Mackay Grove. For some time now there’s been a blue Beach Access post at the beach end of the south track to help people know where the track is. As of today, when Ben Wood, Parks and Property Officer at Horowhenua District Council installed 3 more posts, each track is now clearly marked at both ends.

These new blue posts are bigger and much more visible than the old wooden posts at the roadside, and provide much needed direction for folks on the beach.

Heads up: Ben said the Council is receiving a quantity of spinifex and pingao plants and is hoping to have a community planting morning at Waikawa Beach around the end of August or early September. It should be on a Saturday or Sunday. We’ll let you know once we have a date.

Ben Wood installs a beach access post at the north track.
Ben Wood installs a beach access post at the north track.
Ben Wood removes the old beach access post at the south track.
Ben Wood removes the old beach access post at the south track.
North track, beach end, beach access post.
North track, beach end, beach access post.

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.