Beware wormholes

This photo was sent in by Lesley-Anne Walker after the weekend activities: Sunday’s victim of the worm holes.

A tractor stuck in the sand and sea.
Sunday’s victim of the worm holes. Photo submitted by Lesley-Anne Walker.

Apparently one local talked to the couple who own this tractor. They couldn’t get it out. Decided to abandon it and went off in their boat fishing for the day.

By Monday morning there was no sign of it — either sunk or retrieved …

Beautiful Waikawa

Charlie Strivens made a video:

of one of my favourite walks at Waikawa Beach, which we imaginatively call Tall Stick walk (you’ll see why in the video). It includes some of the residential area, the bridge, the river, the beach, the dunes, the badlands and the forest.

I took this in the late afternoon on a stunningly gorgeous autumn day, in the middle of the Covid- 19 lockdown. It turned out to be very busy … almost as busy as a mid summers day!!

Included here by permission.

Horizons Annual Plan 2020-21 consultation

Horizons Regional Council is looking for feedback on their proposed 2020-21 Annual Plan. Deadline is 5pm, Sunday 17 May 2020.

Note: the rates for Horizons Regional Council are changing. Check the amount for your property at the RatesSearch page.

See the summary document at the link above or download it from here (750Kb PDF).

One item of interest:

In 2020 Horizons, working with our partner councils, will complete a vulnerability assessment. This work will identify climate-related impacts across the region and make recommendations on how to address them.

Horizons Regional Council says:

We are seeking your feedback on our proposed 2020-21 Annual Plan by 5pm, Sunday 17 May 2020.

This can be done via Horizons’ Facebook page, calling us on 0508 800 800, or emailing with the subject line titled 2020-21 Annual Plan feedback.

Because of the shortened timeframes, detailed documentation is not available so if you want to know more about specific activities or line items please contact your local councillor directly or email Horizons at


Te Takeretanga o Kura-Hau-Pō digital hub

The library in Levin is to receive funding for a digital hub:

New Zealand’s regions will be better connected through five new digital hubs being funded through the Provincial Growth Fund, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Alert Level 4 lockdown has shown that good internet connectivity is crucial. While we were staying in our bubbles at home, a great many of us used the internet to work, shop, pay bills, keep in touch with loved ones, and learn.

“It is something many of us take for granted, yet some communities have limited ability to access the internet or the tools to use it for financial reasons or because of their location,” Shane Jones said. …

“The hubs will allow people to connect for business development and support, and offer services such as free wi-fi, co-working spaces and guidance on use of the internet for business and skills development purposes.” Shane Jones said. …

The following will receive $400,000 each for a new regional digital hub: … Te Kateretanga O Kura-Hau-Pō, operated by Horowhenua District Council …

Source: More regions to receive digital hubs |

Our recycling starts again 11 May 2020

Horowhenua District Council website advises us about Rubbish and Recycling Services in Alert Level 3. Our next collection will be Monday 11 May 2020:

All kerbside rubbish collections will continue. Contractors will resume kerbside recycling collection from Monday 4 May. This will continue to follow the normal schedule …

Note that the service started again on 04 May but our next collection date is 11 May.