Summer recycling truck starts 22 December 2018

Each summer the Horowhenua District Council sends a truck on Saturday mornings to gather up recycling from the community. We’ve confirmed it’ll be at Hank Edwards Reserve on Saturday mornings from 9 am till 11.30, starting on 22 December 2018. Take your recycling along to be taken away.

Remember though: no soft plastics such as supermarket bags.

The truck will be there on Saturdays until mid-March 2019 apparently.

Recycling truck at Hank Edwards Reserve.
Recycling truck at Hank Edwards Reserve.

Fibre Internet for parts of Waikawa Beach

Fibre Internet is being rolled out to the village (only). Unfortunately the Emma Drive and Strathnaver areas miss out.

Work is about to start in the village to bring fibre for Internet.

Note that fibre is only available for part of our community: those in the village itself. Areas like Walkers Lane and Emma Drive aren’t included, nor is the area beyond around number 48 Strathnaver Drive.

We have already queried why some parts of our community are being left out and have tried to push for them to be included. It seems it’s to do with what the Government has specified for the rollout, and rural areas aren’t included at this time. It quickly became clear that any change would require a monumental effort beyond our resources.

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Higher rates from Horizons from 2018

Horizons will raise our rates, put some funding to the Capital connection train service, and keep on keeping on with regard to Waikawa Beach.

I received a letter (1) today from Bruce Gordon, Chairperson at Horizons. The letter was in response to a submission to the Long-term Plan.

They intend to put $110,000 towards the Capital Connection train service in Year 1, so that’s good news for those who want us to have a decent train service.

They also intend to increase rates.

About the Waikawa Stream and erosion at the beach, the news is more muted. Read on for the detail and for photos from the letter.

1: Have these people never heard of email?

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Horowhenua bus survey 2018

Horizons Regional Council want our feedback on the local bus services they provide. Deadline is 08 August 2018.

Horizons Regional Council provide 3 bus services in our district and want to get feedback from us, whether we use the bus services or not:

We want to hear our Horowhenua residents’ thoughts on the three bus services available within your district.

There’s Levin to Palmerston North, Day Out In Town, and Levin to Waikanae. Even if you don’t currently use any of these services we’d still like to hear from you, so hit that download button have a read through the information and fill out the quick survey.

Get your surveys back to us by 8 August [2018]. You can either fold them up and freepost them back, or scan it and email through to

The survey’s available on their website or here: Horowhenua Bus Survey 2018 (195KB PDF).

The survey itself tells us:

The collated survey results and recommendations will be presented at the next Passenger Transport Committee on 21 August 2018 and the report will be available at before the meeting.

There’s also useful information in the survey booklet about fares and timetables.