Fire at Waikawa December 2007

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8 December 2007

Nine fire trucks from Levin, Otaki and Te Horo, and a helicopter with monsoon bucket responded to the scrub fire at the northern end of the pine plantation. The blaze is believed to have been triggered by fireworks.

The ute that got stuck trying to cross the river has since been written off.

Thanks to Ngaire Hunter and Cameron Walker for the use of their photos.

Horowhenua Development Plan

A public meeting to discuss the Horowhenua Development Plan will be held at the Domain, Waikawa Beach, on Saturday 19 January 2008 commencing at 7 pm.  This meeting has been organised by the Horowhenua District Council.

The draft plan shows large areas at Waikawa as areas suitable for subdivision and this is your opportunity to express your views on the future development.

http://www.horowhenua.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/96C58FCB-E58A-4D4C-BC86-96D5928B44F2/51201/W06077_WaikawaBeach.pdf to see the section affecting Waikawa Beach.

Update, 2017: the above link no longer leads to the document. The plan that was adopted can be found at: horowhenua.govt.nz/Council/Plans-Strategies/Horowhenua-Development-Plan. Here is Section 10 – Waikawa Beach (PDF, 897KB).

Newsletter Nov 2007

Liquor Ban

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 the beach.

Rubbish Collections

Official Council bags are collected on a Monday by Levin Container Rubbish and wheelie bins can be hired for a period of a month for the cost of $30. Ring Levin Container Rubbish on 06 368  2438

Boat Ramp

The Association was granted $2000 from the Manakau Medieval Market earlier this year and it will be used to install a simple ramp by the footbridge to enable canoes and kayaks to have easier access to the river. We have been waiting for the summer weather to install it.

Neighbourhood Support    

A coordinator is still required for this essential post. Please let Erica Wyatt know if you are interested. Continue to be vigilant and report anything suspicious. Try to make a note of the make and colour of any vehicle and even two or three letters or numbers of the numberplate. There was another daytime burglary not too long ago and vandalism at Labour weekend so we cannot afford to relax.

Subdivisions 

The NZ Wise development off Strathnaver Drive is proceeding to the Environment Court for mediation with an amended layout.  We will pursue this and will endeavour to have it made smaller in size.

 Waikawa Lakes: There has been no notification about a hearing date for the Waikawa Lakes subdivision but the Association has make a submission along with many other residents. Thank you for your input.

Notice Board

The notice board at the entrance way is solely for the use of the Association. Personal notices have been put up recently and we would appreciate this not being the case. The notice board by the bridge is for general use.

Bitter Water – A Story of Waikawa 

New residents might be interested in this book of the history of Waikawa written by a local resident. It is available from John Hewitson 4 Cathryn Street  362 6926 or from the author Deb Shepherd deb@catch22.co.nz    Price $20

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
 

NZ Wise Sub-division

Although not reported in the press, the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association and others suceeded in their efforts to have this 44 section sub division halted when the Commisioners, after a three day hearing, issued a finding that the sub division should not proceed.

The developers have filed an appeal with the Environment Court and this Association will continue to oppose this sub division.