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”.

Thanks
Pam Carter

Newsletter Feb-Mar 2011

AGM
Thanks to those who attended the AGM (I was unable to attend due to work commitments). The committee for this year is:
John Hewitson – Chairperson
Julie Stichbury – Secretary
John Brown – Treasurer
Lesley Anne Walker, Liz Duncan, Frank Averes, Maurice Turner, Brent Hayden, Warwick Bainbridge

Holiday activities
We would like to thank everyone who came along and/or helped us with these fun days. All were well attended and lots of fun had by all. Photos from these days can be found on our website. These days are annual events – 2 golf tournaments, boat day, sand sculpture day and sports day.

Beach Clean up
Thank you to everyone who came along and helped clean up our beach, such a shame this day is necessary. I was disappointed with the number of bottles I collected from the beach in the mornings over summer and the smoldering fires I put out. Fires need water poured over them not covered with sand to burn on and on.
Please remember there is actually a total fire ban at Waikawa Beach.

Rubbish Truck Collection
We hired a truck to pick up rubbish on Saturday 29th. This was well supported and the committee will most likely do this again in a couple of years.

Security
Constable Ian Hamblyn can be contacted on 06 366 0500 should you need to report a problem. He will respond ASAP. Be proactive – take photos, registration numbers etc.

Web site
www.waikawabeach.org.nz
Don’t forget to look at this regularly. It is kept up to date with all local activities and news. Photos from the summer fun days can be viewed on this site.

Subscriptions
For those who are yet to pay their subs, $25 can be paid to John Brown 9A Gateways Roseneath Wellington or paid into our account 03 0667 0268929 000 at Westpac Levin putting your name so we know who has paid. Thank you.

Rubbish Collection
A reminder that only official HDC rubbish bags will be collected. If you rent your property please ensure that bags are available and that tenants know which ones to use. If your neighbour has a platform please ask if you can use it – there are a number of dogs who roam the streets on a Sunday night tearing up rubbish bags leaving a hideous mess for someone else to clean up.

Recycling Bins
The contractors will only pick up recycling in official HDC bins. If you do not have one ring 06 366 0999 or email enquiries@horowhenua.govt.nz and a bin will be dropped at your property the following Monday. If you are a weekender it may be an idea to ask a neighbour to pop your new bin over your fence.

Houses for sale
I see there are at least 13 houses for sale at the moment. When I bought my house in Spring 2009 there were only 3 to chose from – the other 2 are still on the market. A sign of the economic times maybe.

That’s my first newsletter for the year. Our next committee meeting will be held over Easter and I will have another newsletter sometime after that. If you need to contact me, please be aware I do not have an answer phone.

Julie Stichbury
Secretary

32 Sarah Street
Waikawa Beach
RD 31
Levin
Ph: 06 3626 119
E-mail: julesstich@gmail.com

Dogs At Waikawa (Letter to WBRA)

Every year there is rogue dog poo, but this year it was in abundance at the river. We tend to swim over the bridge and a bit further toward the mouth (just past the cricket delta). One particular day I went down to the river with my sister and her two young daughters (3 and 1 year) who were crawling around on the edge of the water and in the muddy sand (and eating it of course). I found 5 piles of dog shit that time with three just under the high tide line and two floating in the water. We found new dog poo daily and either picked it up or stuck a stick in the sand next to it so none of our guys either stepped in or ingested it (there was a considerable amount in the shallows).
Just this weekend (sandcastle day) we watched a lady (she had two West Island White Terriers and a Golden Lab – all on leads) walk off the bridge and under the trees (where the BBQ is on Boat Day) and her dogs all crapped there and she just let it happen and walked on. We called out and told her to pick it up but she just ignored us.

I am a dog owner too and don’t want to run the risk of too many rules on well behaved dogs and owners, but I fully expect to pick up my dog shit and so should everyone else. It is a health hazard to the kids to be swimming and playing in amongst both fresh and old dog poo in the sand and water.

I have raised this concern and think that a solution may be a pamphlet drop around the community, public naming and shaming or a big sign.

Sand Sculpture Day 2011

Another successful sand sculpture contest was held on 22 January 2011.

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