Health and wellbeing : have your say – forum on 14 May 2019

MidCentral DHB is hosting public forums as part of the follow-up for the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Plans.

… the Horowhenua Forum is at Te Takere on Tuesday 14 May [2019] … All forums are from 4.30pm to 5.45pm.

The forums are open to the public and will provide an update to the community on progress that has been made in the priority areas identified within the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Ōtaki Health and Wellbeing Plans. Those priority areas are:

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Fresh views of the river and (near) shore

We came across some very interesting photos and were given permission to publish them. These mainly aerial views of the river mouth area and a fishing vessel working very close to shore are ones most of us wouldn’t see.

Many thanks to ‘A friend of Waikawa’ for permission to post the drone photos.

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Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2019 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa. Along with a spot of rain we’ve had some truly perfect days. Plenty of people have been enoying the beach and the water, along with the blue skies and still warm sunshine.

It’s been a quiet month, but there are two major items to report: the erosion study and work to be done at the all-purpose beach access off Manga Pirau Street.

In this newsletter …

  1. Tonkin and Taylor beach erosion report
  2. New improved all-purpose access to Waikawa Beach
  3. Refresh for north and south tracks off Reay Mackay Grove
  4. Property news
  5. Next Committee meeting
  6. Subscriptions and contact info
  7. Do you know: Bittern or Matuku

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Tonkin and Taylor beach erosion report; public meeting

At the WBRA Committee meeting on Saturday, 13 April 2019 Ramon Strong from the Horizons Regional Council presented the findings from the Tonkin and Taylor report on the river mouth and inlet.

Summary: it’s a complex situation. Ramon Strong aims to hold a public meeting, probably in the first week of June 2019. Watch for further details.

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Waikawa Stream and ephemeral art

An art project using natural materials to create transient sculptural works began in Horowhenua on Sunday. [07 April 2019]

Centred around the Waikawa Stream, the month-long project will include a series of ephemeral arts workshops experimenting with different mediums, and installations in open spaces at multiple spots along the stream, organiser Kristy McGregor said. …

“The arts are a good way of connecting people and engaging them with their waterways and natural environment,” she said. …

The workshops are funded by Creative NZ’s Creative Communities Fund, administered by Horowhenua District Council. They are part of the broader Waikawa Stream Community Catchment Project which aims to improve water quality, which has just begun in the Waikawa catchment.

It is being led by the New Zealand Landcare Trust, and brings together a wide range of community stakeholders.

Note: the next workshop will be held at Easter weekend at Hank Edwards Reserve:

The next workshop will be based on building rafts from driftwood. It will be held at the Hank Edwards Reserve, Waikawa Beach on Easter Saturday, 20 April [2019], 1pm to 3pm.

McGregor said RSVPs were appreciated but not compulsory.

“Don’t let that stop you turning up on the day for some fun,” she said.

All ages are welcome, however children must be accompanied by an adult. The events are weather dependent and will be rescheduled if necessary.

For further information or to book a spot, email kristy.mcgregor@mitchelldaysh.co.nz or phone 021 191 3231.

The river and driftwood by Hank Edwards Reserve.
The river and driftwood by Hank Edwards Reserve.