How to report problems to Horowhenua District Council

Councillor Christine Mitchell has alerted us to a change for reporting issues to the Horowhenua District Council:

As of 1 October 2019 we are ceasing the use of our Mobile Alert application due to a historically low usage rate and as a continued cost saving measure. We will however continue to provide residents with the ability to report non-urgent issues to us using our Online Request Form.

Once lodged, we will process reported issues or requests. Alternatively, you can contact us via phone on (06) 366 0999, email to enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz, or our Facebook page.

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Local body elections 2019

Local body elections are coming up on 12 October 2019. You can vote for candidates for Horizons Regional Council, Horowhenua District Council and the MidCentral District Health Board.

If you’re enrolled as a parliamentary elector you will automatically be placed on the Council’s electoral roll as a residential elector – you can check to see if your details are correct or you can enrol at elections.org.nz or call 0800 36 76 56 to find out more.

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Toilet block fix July 2019

After months of problems with overflowing toilets at Hank Edwards Reserve, today the fix. Contractors are digging out the clogged up dispersal field and replacing it with fresh fill, fresh pipes and a breathable plastic that allows moisture to evaporate out while keeping sand and other debris from falling in.

Some in the community may know when the toilet block was built (let us know in a comment), but it seems it’s around 50 years old.

A digger cleans out the dispersal field.
A digger cleans out the dispersal field. Excavated material, being hazardous waste, is being trucked away to Levin for disposal.

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Toilet block update 03 July 2019

From Ben Woods at Horowhenua District Council:

A temporary repair was made that allowed us to reopen the toilets given the time of year and low usage.

The plumbers will be onsite tomorrow [04 July 2019] to complete the larger repair work which will give us functionality through the summer.

I’ll be leaving the portaloo on site until the repairs have been made just in case there is a delay.

Toilet block update 25 June 2019

Today we heard there is a problem with the effluent field which should be fixed next week:

The plumbers identified a problem with one of the pipes in the effluent field, essentially it no longer had capacity to filter out the liquids and so they were filling the tank and eventually overflowing. This will be addressed early next week weather dependent.

In the interim they have made a temporary repair that should hold us over until they complete something more permanent, I’ve asked the cleaners to resume their routine starting tomorrow and I’ll be down there later on today to remove the warning tape.

I’ll be leaving the portaloo down there until repairs are completed so that if the temporary fix fails we have back up.

Regards,
Ben Wood
Parks and Property Officer •

Toilet block update 18 June 2019

Plumbers visited the toilet block at Hank Edwards Reserve today and dug a trench so they could investigate what’s going on with the pipes around the septic tank. The holes have been filled in again and we’re waiting to hear the verdict.

The actual fix depends on what they found in their explorations, but they mentioned the possibility of doing an interim fix so we could use the toilets. If larger work is required, such as new trenches and pipes, then resource consents and so on could take months.

They do understand that we want the toilet block fully functional before the summer holidays.

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