Committee Minutes – 07 April 2007

Held at 4 Cathryn Street on Saturday 7 April 2007

The committee met at 3.00 pm

Also present for first 50 minutes was Michael Cornell to present information on proposed sub-division of 44 half-acre sections off Strathnaver Drive. He answered questions from the committee and addressed some of our concerns. General discussion included issues related to water, effluent, road usage, safety, beach access.

The formal meeting commenced at 3.55 pm

Apologies: Helen Hewitson, Brendan Duffy.    Wyatt/Duncan 
Present: Cecily Archer, John Brown, Gary Drake, Liz Duncan, Graeme Hassell, John Hewitson, Lesley-Anne Walker, Joe Wilson, Erica Wyatt.

Minutes: Accepted as a true and accurate record.              Duncan/Walker          
Matters arising from the Minutes:
• There is still a huge rabbit problem. Pindone to be distributed.
• There has been no communication from Wendy at Neighbourhood Support.
• Lesley-Anne has the sign for the end of bridge and arrangements are underway for a board to attach it to.
• Jack has repaired the noticeboard. Erica to officially thank him for his efforts.
• The details of the website need to be discussed and finalised so it can go ahead.
• The Association has the $2,000 for the boat ramp. It was decided that it should be known as “Andy’s Ramp” as he would have made such frequent use if it.
• Christmas holiday activities were all successful. Specific age groups for sports day worked well.
• ‘Lock it or Lose it’ sign are now up.
• Barbed wire in ‘desert’ still a concern. Suggestion that the catchment Board be asked to deal with it.
• No word yet about the rubbish bin at the bridge.
• Broadband should be here by mid-April.
• Tranzit and Horowhenua District Council meeting –
o Summary of accidents on Main Road
o Speed limit and relevant signage to be put on bridge to reduce speed there
o Everything else is a ‘no-go’.
• Burglary in Sarah Street. Seen by a Neighbourhood Watch representative but not recognised for what was it was. Need to make residents aware that burglaries do happen here and everyone should be on the lookout for anything not normal and/or suspicious.
• John H reported that the Neighbourhood Support meeting was worth attending and gave some details of Police operations,

• Council Draft Annual Plan – Kapiti green waste to be dumped in Horowhenua landfill and the use of the revenue from this.  Erica to write notifying the Council that we are not in favour of this proposal.
• Pritchard’s sub-division plan – application for resource consent expected to be mid-April. Information about this to go in newsletter. We need specific reasons to want to modify the plan.

Financial Report: No financial report this time.
Accounts passed for payment       
LCR – bins for clean-up day   $236.00
Graeme Hassell – ice for Boat Day  $  18.00
Liz Duncan – Sports Day incidentals  $201.30

General Business:
• Erica to prepare submission on Cornell sub-division.
• Working Bee on ANZAC Day 9.00am at Entrance.

Michael Brown joined the meeting to discuss the proposed web site. He explained our options and opportunities. John Brown to be the Web ‘Captain’. Site should be operational in a month. Details of the subdivision to be included in information. The possibility of a Blog site for registered rate-payers was discussed. Michael will prepare a design for our approval.

Next meeting to be Saturday 2 June at 3.00pm at 24 Manga Pirau Street .
Following meetings 22 September and 8 December.
The meeting closed at 5.20 pm.

New Sub Divisions

I purchased a house at WaikawaBeach in 2000. What attracted me to this area was the peace and serenity, no shops or other commercial activity and the lack of traffic which made the area safe for my family and grandchildren to walk or ride on bikes around the settlement. It was surrounded by rural zoned land which we believed would ensure that it remained that way. It was also recognised as the most crime free of all the Horowhenua coastal communities.

Three years ago a subdivision was approved for the nearby Strathnaver Glen, access to which is through WaikawaBeach. Residents were informed at the time that the subdivision would comprise 28 lifestyle sections with only two that could be further subdivided. We now find that many of these other sections are also being subdivided into up to ten sections each.

The ratepayers of WaikawaBeach were let down on that occasion.

I am naturally opposed to any significant increase in the size of the settlement and therefore are opposed to any sub division which includes high density housing. I believe that the proposed subdivision is in rural zoned land and also within the Coastal Environment. It would destroy the present tranquil atmosphere and the increased numbers would place additional pressure on the already fragile eco system of the area. This includes the loss of some of the wet lands and increased traffic in the sand dunes. The present WaikawaBeach access road is unsuitable for increased traffic and its junction at State Highway 1 is similarly inadequate. The access to the beach at present is only per favour of 2 landowners and any increase in numbers using this may result in that privilege being withdrawn. Increased numbers would also cause irreparable damage to the sand dune areas which, with present traffic, have a very fragile stability.

Waikawa Beach is a close knit community. This is demonstrated at the annual meeting of ratepayers when up to 100 residents attend to hear District and Local Councillors who have said that it is the best attended meeting of any community in the Horizons District. It is my opinion that this happy liaison between the local authorities and the community will suffer if the proposed subdivision is allowed to proceed.

April 2007 newsletter

April 2007 newsletter


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AGM and Holiday Activities

Your committee for this year is: John Hewitson Chairperson, Erica Wyatt Secretary, Helen Hewitson Treasurer, Liz Duncan, Cecily Archer, Lesley Anne Walker, Joe Wilson, Graham Hassell, John Brown, Gary Drake.

Speed Limit

At the AGM the question of the speed limit in Waikawa Beach Rd and within the settlement was discussed. There was a very mixed reaction to the suggestion that Waikawa Beach Rd be limited to 80kph and 30khm in the village over December and January. I would be pleased to hear your views.

Honorary Life member

Erica Wyatt was made an Honorary Life member of the Association.

Sand sculpture competition winner.

Holiday Activities

All the holiday activities were thoroughly enjoyed and this is Andy’s photo of the winning sand sculpture. We are getting professional aren’t we!

Obituary: Andy Chaplow

It is with regret that I inform you of the sudden and untimely death of Andy Chaplow. Andy was a member of the committee, the organiser of Boat Day and a stalwart helper at all the holiday activities. He will be sadly missed. Our condolences to Karen and the children.

Boat Ramp

The Association was granted $2000 from the Manakau Medieval Market and it will be used to install a simple ramp by the footbridge to enable canoes and kayaks to have easier access to the river. It will be named Andy’s Ramp as he would have made good use of it!

Neighbourhood Support

A coordinator is still required for this essential post. Please let me know if you are interested. Continue to be vigilant and report anything suspicious. Try to make a note of the make and colour of any vehicle and even two or three letters or numbers of the numberplate. There was a daytime burglary not too long ago so we cannot afford to relax.

Working Bees

A working bee was held at Easter on the Reserve and it now looks very tidy and attractive. Another is planned for Anzac Day 9am at the entrance way where there is a large amount of mulch to spread. One truck load was donated by Mitchpine and we thank them most sincerely


At present there are two subdivisions planned for the area.

Strathnaver Drive

This comprises 44 rural lots. Entrance is approximately by the first judder bar on Strathnaver Drive. The application for the development is available for inspection at the Horowhenua District Council offices in Bath St Levin or is available from Bianca Hurrell at Harrison Grierson Consultants Ltd Wellington on 04 385 0005. Submissions close 2 May and must be on the official form.

The Association will put in a submission re: concerns on ground water. Many of the lots could put down sandtraps and this would have a direct bearing on those of us who rely on ground water.

  • construction traffic. While Strathnaver was being developed there was a lot of heavy traffic on the road and this caused several near accidents. It is possible to restrict the hours and the speeds the trucks etc can travel
  • the provision for a fire tank.
  • provision for some land to be vested in the Horowhenua District Council as reserve land.
  • the type of native trees that are to be planted along the road ways.
  • the possibility of a 30km speed restriction both in the subdivision and the village as all traffic to the new development would travel via Sarah St.
Strathnaver Drive subdivision plan.
Strathnaver Drive subdivision plan.

Waikawa Lakes

This development has not yet been lodged for Resource Consent. It is situated adjacent to Wakawa Beach Rd and Sarah St. The proposal is for 93 rural lots with lakes. I would appreciate any comments or concerns you might have.

Waikawa Lakes subdivision plan.
Waikawa Lakes subdivision plan.

Erica Wyatt


24 Manga Pirau St Waikawa Beach

RD 31


Ph 06 362 6679


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