Ask for Wheelibin clips

Has this wind distributed the recycling from your wheelibin to your neighbours? Let the Horowhenua District Council know you’d like them to supply a free clip. One member sent us this email they’ve sent to the Council:

Our recycling bins today were unable to withstand the westerly quarter winds gusting down Strathnaver Drive at 60+ kph so we had to spend a quarter of an hour retrieving our papers and plastics from the gorse and lupins in a neighbouring paddock.

This is a common problem with this coastal community, affecting everyone, not just us. When we only had the crates we were at least able to put the heavier glass bottles on top to hold things down.

I note that some NZ Councils make free wheelie bin lid clips available, either with each bin, as in Wellington:

Wellington City Council has distributed clips to every household in the capital that currently has a recycling wheelie bin – to help keep a lid on it.

or on request, as in Selwyn:

Council are offering free wheelie bin lid clips upon request for properties exposed to high winds. These clips are designed to keep the lid of your wheelie bin sealed and secure in adverse weather conditions.

I believe Horowhenua District Council should also invest in this simple technology for keeping recycling in the bins, dry, and free from being blown around the neighbourhood.

Please supply us with free wheelie bin lid clips.

Drone photos, January 2020

Blair very kindly takes regular drone photos of the river mouth. This time he has also included the village and Strathnaver. The photos below have been reduced in size and quality. The full-size versions are worth viewing though, so at the end of the post is a set of links to the larger, better quality photos, each of which is around 5 MB in size. Beware data use on phone plans.

Drone Photo 01: Manga Pirau Street and river mouth.
Drone Photo 0002: Manga Pirau Street and river mouth.
Drone Photo 0401. Coastal Waikawa Beach.
Drone Photo 0401. Coastal Waikawa Beach.
Drone Photo 0400. Village and Strathnaver.
Drone Photo 0400. Village and Strathnaver.
Drone Photo 0399. The village.
Drone Photo 0399. The village.
Drone Photo 0398. River from footbridge to groyne.
Drone Photo 0398. River from footbridge to groyne.
Drone Photo 0381. River by groyne.
Drone Photo 0381. River by groyne.

Full size photos

  1. Drone Photo 01 large: Manga Pirau Street and river mouth.
  2. Drone Photo 0401 large. Coastal Waikawa Beach.
  3. Drone Photo 0400 large. Village and Strathnaver.
  4. Drone Photo 0399 large. The village.
  5. Drone Photo 0398 large. River from footbridge to groyne.
  6. Drone Photo 0381 large. River by groyne.

Sand Sculpture Day photos 04 January 2020

A heap of people turned out to sand sculpture day and there were quite a few very creative efforts. Afterwards the little kids got to dig in the sand for prizes. Many thanks to chief judge, John Hewitson and his assistants Debra Betts and Pat O’Sullivan.

There are loads of photos so most won’t be available in the automatic email that goes out. Visit the post online to see them all. Thanks to Debra for many of the photos, Blair for the excellent drone shots and Miraz for a couple of extra photos.

Group of children beside Tui made of sand.
Sand Sculpture day Saturday 04 January 2020. Photo by Debra Betts.
Tiny sand people in a cave.
Sand Sculpture day Saturday 04 January 2020. Photo by Debra Betts.
Drone shot of sand sculptures.
Sand Sculpture day Saturday 04 January 2020. Drone photo courtesy of Blair.

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Crashes and congestion nearby in 2019

We all know how problematic SH1 is between the Ōtaki roundabout and the corner of Hokio Beach Road in Levin (by Gipsy Caravans). In 2019 we kept a running log, based mainly on the NZTA Twitter account, of crashes and congestion that affect us here at Waikawa Beach.

Key details are below, but in summary: 7 crashes that closed the road or caused congestion, and 9 other days where congestion in that area was a problem. There were also many occasions where congestion between Wellington and Ōtaki was a problem.

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Message in a bottle

It’s so interesting what turns up on the beach. An Australian radiosonde, for example. Today a member of the community found a message in a bottle, with thanks to John Brown for the info:

The following note was found in a small bottle by Barry Smith between Waikawa and Ohau Rivers today 4 January 2020.

The position the ship was in is just north east of Gabo Island, off the Australian mainland at the eastern entrance to Bass Strait and was probably on a voyage between Sydney and Melbourne or vice versa. The distance is 2197 kilometers but the bottle probably travelled much more than this in the 15 months.

The note, on Princess Cruises Golden Princess letterhead, reads:

23rd October 2018
Position: South: 37° 51.81
East: 149° 51.94
From: Roof (Wentworth) Tyler
[phone number]
Australia’s biggest Wentworth fan.

Message in a bottle.
Gabo Island location.