November 2011 newsletter

November 2011 newsletter

Your Ratepayers Association is an Incorporated Society which is active in your community, organising various summer activities including…

  • Boat Day [11.30am, Wednesday 28th December 2011];
  • Golf Day [11am, Friday 30th December, Otaki Golf Club];
  • Fun Sports Day [3pm, Sunday 1st January 2012, Hank Edwards Reserve];
  • Ambrose Golf followed by BBQ [Monday 2nd January, Levin Golf Club];
  • Sand Sculpture Competition [Saturday 21st January, Judging @ 5.30pm]; (Only items collected from the Beach may be used in your designs!)

In addition, your Ratepayers Association maintains ongoing liaison with Council, Police and Neighbourhood Support for matters relating to the general location;

  • Submissions to Council on Planning matters relevant to Waikawa Beach;
  • Environment matters, e.g. re-channelling the river mouth to avoid unnecessary erosion;
  • Beach cleans, working bees and hard-rubbish collection;
  • General Community maintenance matters;
  • Ratepayers Association AGM [3pm, Tuesday 27th December 2011, Hank Edwards Reserve];

How can you support your Ratepayers Association?


Annual Subscription: [1 October 2011 – 30 September 2012] $25.00

Name; Beach Address; Home Address; E-Mail Address

Send cheque payment to: John Brown, 9A 19 Maida Vale, Roseneath, Wellington Direct Credit: Waikawa Beach Ratepayers (Westpac, Levin) 03 0667 0268929 000

(Please include your surname and address in the Reference fields.)

Don’t forget to look at our website. It is updated regularly.

Just a friendly reminder …


Alcohol should not be consumed in public places.

A reminder that there is a liquor ban in force on New Years Eve.

This applies to all streets and reserves within the village and also the beach.


Please bring all rubbish and especially glass bottles and tin-cans back from the beach with you.

Should you come across sharp objects on the beach, please bring these back as well, if at all practical.


Horowhenua District Council bylaws prohibit unleashed dogs in the settlement.

Dogs must be kept under control when on the beach, and on a leash, when on the beach north of the river and across the bridge.

We are awaiting placement of ‘doogy-poo’ bags at the main accesses to the beach. Please dispose of your dog’s waste responsibly.


Levin Container Rubbish collect Horowhenua District Council official bags every Monday free of charge. Collection is on Tuesday if Monday is public holiday.

Wheelie bins can be hired short-term over Summer.

Under no circumstances is rubbish to be dumped on the beach, at the Reserve or in the river.


Recyclable rubbish is collected on Mondays in Horowhenua District Council bins.

For holiday-makers, a manned Recycling truck will be at the public toilets over the Summer Holidays, each Saturday 9am – 12noon. [Dec’11 – Jan’12]


The beach is an open-road, and all vehicles on the beach must be registered and warranted, and drivers licensed.

However it is not recommended to take vehicles down on to the beach as there are many soft patches. There are areas of “worm holes” where, if a vehicle stops, it will quickly sink up to its axles.

Dogs Again

“In response to the letter of 26th Jan. and 2 comments posted 3rd March, I thought I would again bring up the ever present problem of dog poo polluting Waikawa Beach, and give an update post Queens Birthday weekend.

The letters and comments talked about dog poo as a visual and health hazard polluting the river, beach and forest, and about the lack of response from dog owners when asked to please clean up their dog’s mess. Since them a sign has beenput up just over the bridge asking owners to pick up their dog poo or a fine will be imposed.

This is great action, but who is responsible for enforcing this law? As far as I can see it hasn’t made any difference. Over the weekend their were a number of fresh poos on the bridge itself, and at least
half a dozen large fresh ones all around the sign on the forest side of the bridge. Apart from the offensive smells and health hazards all this dog poo imposes, it also makes for a rather revolting main entry onto our beautiful beach. You are also constantly having to watch where you step. I agree the forest isn’t nearly as nice as it used to be because of all the dog poo at the edges of the main pathway, and river pollution is a real concern. What else can we do about it? Come on dog owners – be responsible and please pick up your dog poo”.

Pam Carter