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  • Aquagold Water Supply: based right here in Waikawa Beach. Fill your tank.
  • Woody’s Free Range Farm, North Manakau Road: Woody’s Free Range Farm is a 100% free range, rare breed pig farm. They sell high quality meat products such as bacon and sausages.
  • Waikawa Blueberries: Waikawa Blueberries is a Pick Your Own blueberry farm at 123 Waikawa Beach Road. Generally open during weekends 10 am – 4 pm during December, February, March and April. To check the weather and see if we are open text 021 712217.
  • Manna Milk, North Manakau Road: MannaMilk provides fresh, raw milk from our farm in Manakau.

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  1. Tēnā ra koutou katoa
    I trust the WRA are all really well this winter. This is just a message to let you know that we would love to come and update you on the progress of our Manaaki Taha Moana research project and how we have been still working with Landscape Architects from Vic Uni, Wellington. We are planning an exhibition at Te Takere of their work in 2013 likely from 1-13 September 2013 but more on that soon. I draw your attention to the project that hapū of Nḡati Tukorehe, Taiao Raukawa and MTM are undertaking for Kuku Ōhau Estuary frontage. We are creating a bollarded carpark and bollarded barriers to trail bikes, four wheel drives, fire lighters and rubbish dumpers to take the destructive pressure of what has been happening out at Kuku Ōhau Estuary beach. We trust you saw our local article in Horowhenua Chronicle on 3 July 2013 on Kuku Beach enhancement project. The 2.2 hectare of land at the estuary is Māori shareholder land as part of Tahamata coastal farm, so kaitiaki and the Board are now taking positive action for the sake of this beautiful stretch of estuarine area. We ask that Waikawa Residents understand why we have to take these measures- we want to ensure our coastal estuary is protected and enhanced not destroyed by inappropriate vehicular access. We are aware that some riders and often from way out of region are using Waikawa accesses to get through to Kuku Beach Road due to a road being cut though the area in 2010 (by local Kuku resident who is not a shareholder). However from August this year, this access shall be cut off to general access with fire brigade and police from Ōtaki and Levin having keys. Walking and horse riding access remains unimpeded. Any queries please call Huhana on 06 3626360 office hours or via email makareta@me.com.

    Stay warm and well WRA.
    Arohanui
    Nā te tema MTM. (MTM team)

  2. A matter that is of concern is the broadband speeds at Waikawa Beach. I recently sent an email to my provider because I am on broadband but it seems to be consistently slowing down and I wanted to know why. I have included the response from Vodafone below but, basically, it is not an internet provider problem but a telephone exchange problem. I was told there is “a large amount of congestion in the Waikawa Beach area” no doubt because nearly everyone is on the Internet now and it’s overloading our
    telephone exchange capability.

    I was also told the telephone exchange is not due for an upgrade until
    approx July 2015 or June 2016. Now this is a matter which is concerning as we need broadband now, for business, education and communications yet it seems we will have to wait that potentially two years for an exchange upgrade. So, I think it might be a good idea to try to get this done sooner, if possible, rather than having to wait that long. We pay for broadband, the physical connection of my provider is much faster but is hampered by the shortcomings of the exchange capability.

    In short, I quote the response I got: “Upgraded exchange equipment will
    drastically improve your broadband speed.” Below is the full text of response from vodafone

    I have reviewed what is happening in your area and found a large amount of
    congestion in the Waikawa Beach area.

    The slow speeds you are experiencing are the result of this congestion in
    the area not your physical connection which is operating much faster at
    7Mbps.

    I have checked for upgrades in your area and found that a network upgrade is
    scheduled for this area between July 2015 and June 2016.

    Upgraded exchange equipment will drastically improve your broadband speed.

    Unfortunately for the present there is no effective way for your speeds to
    be increased as the fault is neither on our network or on your physical
    connection but rather the transmit network to Waikawa Beach.

  3. I second the issue with regards to the broadband speeds and have just recently logged the same “fault” and been given the same information from Vodafone via Chorus – only my message was that there is “no relief work planned at this stage” even though there is “congestion” on the exchange.

    I run the local weather website http://www.waikawa.org for the local community and have had to move the site to InspireNet since my broadband speeds are so atrocious.

    Perhaps a community based drive to get this actioned as a priority might be more effective?

    Happy to help as required.

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