What threat to us are more intense storms?

As storms intensify due to climate change our coastal environment becomes ever more vulnerable.

We know that Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita in February 2018 was responsible for some severe erosion along the Waikawa Beach coast by the end of Manga Pirau Street. That makes the following RNZ News item of particular interest to our community:

A new paper on Earthquake Commission (EQC) payouts has revealed weather-related claims are more likely to come from properties close to the coast.

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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 transport@horizons.govt.nz.

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 www.horizons.govt.nz before the meeting.

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