March 2013 Newsletter

Easter 2013 Newsletter


Large rubbish bags and gloves will be available from the toilet block any time after 3pm on Saturday 30th March. If you do not bring the full bags and other rubbish back to the reserve, please leave them above the high tide mark on the beach where they will be collected.

Then we’ll all meet in at Hank Edwards Reserve at 6pm for refreshments


Please be aware there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN which means no open fires, fireworks, bonfires nor braziers allowed at all.


Be proactive. Dumping of green waste at the river is unacceptable. If you see people dumping green waste at the river, people dumping rubbish anywhere, cars speeding on beach, uncontrolled dogs being a nuisance etc take a photo and send it to HDC. The council cannot act on hearsay and must have evidence of any wrongdoing. 06 366 099 or


We will be having a games afternoon and pot luck afternoon tea to be held on Sunday 2nd June at 2pm, at the Manakau Bowling & Sports Club, Mokena Kohere St, Manakau. More details later.


A four wheel drive vehicle was stolen from a property in Strathnaver Drive 2 weeks ago. Make sure all your property is secured and inform the police of any suspicious activities


We are compiling a wish list of any work or other activity that you think might enhance Waikawa. Please let us know.


John Hewitson.
John Hewitson.

John Hewitson — Chairman — I am a retired registered electrician who has lived at the beach for approx 13 years. I am at present the chairperson of the WBRA and the neighbourhood watch person for Cathryn Street and surrounding area. For recreation I play 18 hole golf and are a member of the Levin Golf Club.

John Brown.
John Brown.

John Brown — Secretary Had never heard of Waikawa Beach before 2000 but was introduced to it by our daughter who was camping at “tent city” and within the month we had bought a house two doors away. We live in an apartment above Point Jerningham Wellington but spend about half our time at the beach. I retired in 2001 after 47 years connected with ships and shipping as a deck officer, Wellington Harbour Pilot and Cook Strait rail ferry captain. I still work on ships as one of the few ship compass adjusters in New Zealand.

Elaine White.
Elaine White.

Elaine White — Treasurer My husband and I have had a holiday house in Waikawa for 2 years. I lived by the beach when young and have finally come back to having time at the beach. I have my own accounting practise in Lower Hutt.

Julie Stichbury.
Julie Stichbury.

Julie Stichbury — newsletters After holidaying at Waikawa for 5 years I moved here late 2009. I work part time in Paraparaumu and spend my spare time walking my dog, swimming and boogie boarding at the beach, drawing and watercolour painting and playing lawn bowls.

Frank Averes.
Frank Averes.

Frank Averes Holiday maker here since 1970; living here the last few years. Still wishes the subdivisions back in 1972/3 never happened. Been on the Ratepayer’s committee for a few years now. Keyholder for the boat ramp; places water-quality notices on the noticeboard; takes care of neighbourhood watch here at Waikawa.

Brent Hayden.
Brent Hayden.

Brent Hayden Brent & Eve Hayden have had their James St holiday home for 10 years. They live and work in Wellington and enjoy the opportunity to escape to a quieter lifestyle with weather that is consistently better than in Wellington. Kontiki fishing has been a recent addition to beach activities and Brent would love to spend more time on the river during the whitebait season.

Liz Duncan Peter and I have owned our house in Manga Pirau for over 15 years. We use to spend the school holidays there with our two boys (Jeremy and Kris), but since they are no longer at school we can only do weekends. Our normal residence is in Belmont, Lower Hutt. I have been a member of the committee for over 10 years. We love spending time at the beach and enjoy all the activities that happen over the Christmas break

Lesley-Anne Walker.
Lesley-Anne Walker.

Lesley-Anne Walker — Our family have been here at Waikawa a long long time.

I am one of the committee members always doing the BBQ at Boat race Day and the Sports Day.

I am married to Richard whose parents, Irene and George Walker, bought one of the very first sections to be subdivided over 50 years ago when the Drake family began to sell off pieces of their farm — back in the gravel road days.

Irene still lives in Waikawa permanently.

Richards sister and her husband have a bach here and our 2 boys have one as well — the Walker family all love Waikawa.!

In 1979 Richard and I built our house here and were soon permanent weekenders travelling from Wellington until 1987 when we came to live here full time. Our boys went to Manakau School and quickly became country kids. We bought a farm here a few years ago which we run ourselves but still have business commitments in Wellington. Life is very busy for us.

As far as hobbies and interests go there is not a lot of spare time but I really do enjoy skiing in the winter and going fishing out from the Waikawa beach in the summer.

I absolutely love Waikawa and feel so happy it seems not to have had the changes that so many beach settlements have had over the years with developments etc.

Some history from Bob Edmiston

This was received from Bob Edmiston recently.

We have been coming to Waikawa since the late 1950’s probably 59 I think. We use to camp on the ground now occupied by the reserve and the changing sheds, before the formation of Manga Pirau Street. We got our water from the old bore and milk from Tony Drake at the farm.

Prior to that, my dad Doug was involved in the live gun shooting at Waikawa Beach, as part of his military training during the Second World War. I believe a shell was found recently on someone’s property in Sarah Street. Their training involved shooting at targets towed by planes down the coast. Rumour has it that the pilots were not at all impressed with their accuracy, as the gunners had a habit of missing, not behind the target but in front, thus cutting the tow wire. A bit too close for comfort.

So our old family’s connection with Waikawa goes back to the 1940’s. Five generations of our family have enjoyed holidays at Waikawa Beach.

The old days at Waikawa Beach.

Hank Edwards

Ever wondered how the Hank Edwards Reserve got its’ name? This piece was written by Bruce Kelly.

Hank Edwards, Secretary of Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association virtually since its’ inception 20 years ago, died suddenly on 15th October 1993. His passing came as a tremendous shock to all who knew him.

The names Hank Edwards and Waikawa Beach have been synonymous. At an Association AGM some years ago, when accepting nomination as Secretary for yet another year he said “I love this place”. The beach was his domain since his boyhood days and his enthusiasm for it was infectious, touching, if not involving us all in some way.

Over the years he acquired an impressive knowledge of its history, unique environment, flora and fauna which gave him and the association a valuable background when considering various projects. Examples are the range of planting initiatives — trees, maram grass and spinafex to control sand drift into the river both north and south of, as well as across the face of the settlement. As well there were the plantings on the street berms. Control of the river itself was a major interest of Hank, as were the reserves, and access to the beach. He was the driving force behind getting the decision to build the new bridge. This is a shining example of Hank’s energy, commitment and negotiating skills. Safety at Waikawa was always uppermost in his mind — the need for suitably placed street lights and traffic safety; the need for care on the beach and in the water, and the need for requisite signs. The above is but a thumbnail outline of the results of continuous letters, telephone calls and approaches Hank made on the association’s behalf to official quarters and others over many years, often at his own expense.

On a personal lever Hank was the fulcrum of the associations AGM and its subsequent social hour. He led the organisation of the Boat Race and from time to time initiated other informal gatherings over the Christmas holiday period. An essential component of calling the troops to the AGM was attaching a p.a. system to his car and driving along the streets announcing in that well modulated voice “Annual meeting of WBRA is being held in Blue Skies garage at 4pm, bring something to drink, something to drink out of and something to sit on”. Over the years he donated many of the prizes for the children’s events at the Boat Race. These were instances of Hank’s keenness to bring the beach community together during the holiday period and of his meticulous yet unobtrusive organisation.

Hank gave unsparingly of himself in the interests and welfare of others and expected nothing in return. Over the years his diplomacy and perseverance earned an enviable respect from then local authorities of the day. He also developed a very positive and continuing rapport with landholders in the vicinity of the beach settlement. The resultant works undertaken are in large measure due to Hank’s acumen. 1993 he was invited to join the District Council’s Operations and Services Committee in his own right. He was a valued member of the Courtenay Place Rotary Club.

Hank’s funeral was held on Tuesday 19 October 1993. The spacious All Saints Church in Haitaitai was filled to overflowing. Themes reiterated during the service were his honesty, sincerity, sense of fellowship and goodwill to others. Thoroughness in all he undertook on behalf of others, and his lifelong friendships. The thoughts of everyone were with his mother Florence, who with her late husband first introduced Hank to Waikawa as a young lad all those years ago She has been a stalwart of the beach community ever since.

On warm summery days Hank stripped to the waist in beach shorts and jandals, seemed to be oblivious to admonitions about the ozone layer. His tan was impressive. Often early on such afternoon his tanned figure, adorned with beach cap, unbuttoned flapping shirt and small haversack would be seen striding purposefully across the beach towards the sea prompting the comment “there goes Hank”.

Waikawa about 1978.
Waikawa about 1978.


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Julie Stichbury

February 2013 newsletter

February 2013 newsletter

I hope you all enjoyed the summer break — Waikawa Beach was certainly the busiest I’ve seen it in the last few years. After a couple of days of heavy rain, which topped up the water tanks, we all enjoyed the heat and sunshine. Following are reports from the fun days run by WBRA.

Golf Update

Golfers enjoyed good weather for both tournaments. However a little disappointing only 13 individuals played the stableford event held at Otaki. This tournament has been the backbone of our summer calendar, being around almost as long as our association. The timing of the event and the AGM held afterwards definitely affected entries. Our community grows over New Year more so than Christmas. There were 28 entries for the Ambrose event held at Levin, which was also a little down on numbers. This tournament was first played in January 2000. Because of the team format, it’s a great opportunity to introduce kids, friends & the like to the sport. Our youngest entrant this year was 13, but we have had an 8 year old winner. Once again it was great fun day with the novice golfers. One player arrived with his old cracked clubs that were last aired 2 years ago in this event. Another used borrowed ladies clubs, then decided men’s left-handed clubs were what he needed. One of our tallest players had the shortest clubs. “If only?” “A good tradesman never blames his tools!” Prize giving, food & refreshments followed both events back at the beach. Congratulations & thank you to all participants who make these days successful.

Stableford Results

The overall winner of “the prized trophy” was Joe Liddle with 40 stablefords, (88 off the stick). Well done, Joe. I know Joe loves the trophy and will give it centre stage on his mantelpiece. Men’s runner-up was Max Flowers (37), followed by Brent Hayden (35). Ladies winner was Kay Flowers (36), from Eve Hayden (36) on count back, third Shirley Cohen (32). Joe & Kay won the longest drives. Cecily Archer & Max won closest the pins.

Ambrose Results

Four new names were engraved on the trophy this year, Glen Belsham, Michael Chesterfield, Barry Smith & David Blair with a score of 37. Two runner-ups on 39, Jim MacKenzie, Kane Stevenson, Reagan Belsham & Michael Haussman. Cecily Archer, Robyn Johnston, Jack Veltman & John Morris. Longest drives were Cecily Archer & Terry Brandon. (Boys you need to hit straight). Longest putts were Neville Hyde & David Blair. Closest tee shot was Neil Simpson

Boat Day

After a damp night and a cool early morning, and some uncertainty whether we would proceed, we did, and Boat day lived up to the usual rivalry and fierce competition. A couple of hundred people turned up, and many entered the races, ranging from boogie board races across the river (for littlies and not-so-littly kids).

One feature was a youngster who tried to foot-paddle an inflatable whale across the river, but unfortunately hew feet could barely reach the water, and she had to be kayak-pushed part-way across. Another was the young-teen (a member of the Worser Bay LifeSaving Club) who hand-paddled his surf-ski the full course against a flurry of other kayaks — and won! (In his first attempt, he came second).

An ad-hoc dinghy class was created for the 3 dinghies present. And we might have to separate the real-kayaks into a separate race from the sit-ons, to even things up a bit.

And as always the adult-mens and adult-women’s races were heated affairs, with a little argy-bargy and deliberate cut-offs, twenty or more competitors of all ages sprinted the full gauntlet.

I recall first entering a kayak race here at Waikawa back in probably 1980. Nothing much has changed, although obviously faces have come and gone. Names of the various winners fade quickly into folk-lore, but certainly over the two-and-a-half-or-so hours fun was certainly had by all, and I’m sure all will return next year.

Sports Day

The thing that surprises me most about Sports Day is that 5 minutes before it starts, there are maybe a dozen people present; and then, as soon as it starts, there are suddenly hundreds!

After the stinking hot weather over Christmas, we were quite lucky the weather was a little cooler for Sports Day.

The usual array of races took place, starting from the littliest of the littlies, up to the 100+kg men thundering down the short course.

Sprint races; three-legged races; egg-and-spoon races; wheelbarrow races; sack races (we gotta get some bigger sacks for the teens!); Leap Frog, including a new pop-up version, multi-player leap frog. Not sure how legit that one was, but maybe we gotta develop the theme a little and incorporate it.

To end the day, as is usual was a lolly scramble, which inevitably sees no-one going home empty handed. 4kg of Fruit Bursts to quote the film, gone in 60 seconds!

Sand Sculpture Day

This was another successful fun day, results are as follows: Individual sculpture —

  1. Casper & Haunted Hogwarts
  2. Koru, Kiwi & Ukelele
  3. TheBridge

Group edifices —

  1. Shark attack
  2. WaikawaSunGod
  3. Butterfly

Highly commended —

  1. Whale
  2. Telephone
  3. Castle

A huge thank you once again for the Shepherd family for the generous donation of prizes for this event. Also to the judges — Ngaire Hunter and John Hewittson.

Orienteering event (report from the event organiser)

I wish to place on record our grateful thanks to the Waikawa Beach Community for enabling us to organise a successful World Cup and Oceania Middle Distance Championships.

We received a number of complimentary remarks about the picturesque venue, the challenging sand dune terrain for the athletes and the friendliness of the locals. The community support was much appreciated.

In appreciation we would like to make a donation to your association of $200 You may be interested in reading some of the favourable comments we received about the Carnival:

  • Many thanks for the update. From your report and all the media/comment I received, congratulations are clearly in order to you, David and the team for an outstanding event! Those are fantastic results and Lizzies result was the icing on top, clearly. Well done once again. Peter Cox, Manager Events & Facilities, Sport New Zealand
  • Judy and I would like to thank you all for a great orienteering carnival. We know only too well the time and effort that is required to run any orienteering event but the work involved for this carnival must have been massive. Judy & Dave Browning
  • When going abroad to a country far away, one is always curious on how things will work out. You made three great races in really exciting areas, which we always will look back at with great memories. You showed the World Cup can be organized in New Zealand, and we will be happy to come back in the future. Thank you for a great week. Lars Linstrom, Danish coach
  • Just want to say thanks to both of you and the rest of the team for the tremendous effort put into an enjoyable orienteering carnival. No doubt there were moments but as competitors we were unaware of any and just had fun. It was so good to take part in an event reasonably close to home and just turn up on the start line. Tricia & Wayne Aspin
  • It was a fantastic event to be amongst. I was very impressed with the organisation and professionalism of the whole event. The technology use was amazing! I was also thrilled when some very lovely people came and helped me set up and pack away.
  • Thanks very much for a great O Carnival.
  • First of all a big thanks for the competitions. I really enjoyed it, and I guess the whole Swedish team did the same… Marten Lang, editor Skoggssport

If you wish to see the orienteering map of the World Cup event a Pdf copy is available on our website Go to the maps page and then to World Cup Middle Distance race [on the left hand side of page, at the bottom]

The usual

We were pleased to note fewer fires on the beach this year and therefore less bottles and cans left lying around for other people to pick up. Great!

BUT the huge number of tyre tracks in the sand hills south of the river is very disappointing.


Recycling is not covered by rates. The purchase of official rubbish bags and hire of wheelie bins partly covers the cost of recycling. The contractors will not pick up recycling in anything other than official bins so please do not put out rubbish unless it is in an official bag or container.

If you do not have a recycling bin HDC contractors will deliver one to your property if you contact them by email or phone 06 366 0999 or

Annual General Meeting

A reasonable attendance considering the meeting was postponed because of bad weather. Peter Clarke and Maurice Turner retired from the committee and the following were elected for the next year John Hewitson, John Brown, Elaine White, Brent Hayden, Liz Duncan, Warwick Bainbridge, Julie Stichbury, Frank Averes, Lesley-Anne Walker.

Web Site is the web site of this Association. Beside regular news as supplied, it has links to the Waikawa Beach weather station which is well worth a visit also to the river quality monitoring site run by Horizons Regional Council.


The subscriptions have remained at $25 per year — October to October. Many have already paid but if you have not paid this can be done on line to our bank 030667 0268929 00 but please include preferably your beach address and or name.


We have a database of names and email addresses. If you receive this by post we could save a lot of time if, in future we can send it to you via the internet.

Julie Stichbury

Residents Associations

What exactly is a residents’ association? Kiwi’s might be surprised that until recently nobody really knew.
Jarrod Coburn, a graduate student from Victoria University, sent out 2,800 survey forms and read almost 600 constitutions to come up with the answer.
This marathon effort became necessary when Mr Coburn discovered there was very little research published globally on what he terms a “vitally important” piece of society.
The resulting thesis provides a basis to help members of the community, local government and academia better understand the role that residents’ associations play in communities across the country.
“These groups are every/where you look in New Zealand,” says Mr Coburn,” Yet very little is known or understood about them. Most people think they exist simply to keep an eye on local Councils but the research shows a far greater role than just being a watchdog for the community.”
The research identifies three types of group: the most common one being the association that exists in a defined geographic area and often involves itself in local matters.
“Aside from the community-oriented residents’ association there are two other types. They can be representative of a demographic of people, be they the elderly, students, or entire races, Both here and overseas there are examples of this,” says Mr Coburn,” Another type is the ‘Body Corporate’. Interestingly, the research showed a number of property developers have registered residents’ associations covering an area of land that is intended for development.”
Jarrod Coburn says anecdotal evidence shows that some Councils have required developers to do this as part of the resource consenting process,
Residents’ associations provide a wide variety of services to their communities, from social-service type activities to such esoteric things as television reception, water supply and operating local roads.
Little has been specifically written on residents’ groups in New Zealand, yet they have played a significant part in communities for almost one and a half centuries. If local authorities are the heart of community governance then community-type residents’ groups are its soul: as a source of knowledge and leadership, protecting and preserving the physical environment, promoting the interests of local people and safeguarding their general well being.

Sand Sculpture Day 2013

This annual event drew 34 displays and 150-200 people on Sunday 20 January 2013. The very high standard made judging difficult. All the prizes were donated by the Shepherd family.

The Judges
Part of the Shark Attack Kyle family
Cantalot by Josh Brown
Meg, Jo, Henry and Mum Gibson
Mertle the Turtle
Lord of the Rings
Waikawa Sun God by Witt Watts
The Witt Watts gang from Wellington and Rotorua.
Kapiti Whale by Rogers + Robinson families
The Telephone before mobiles
The Telephone Girls – Ana, Megan, Hope, Rose, Mea, Niki, Els, Qona, Donna
Zombie by Ann Averes

Orienteering World Cups and Oceania Carnival in New Zealand

On 06 January 2013 Waikawa had its biggest day ever when about 600 orienteers decended on the village.

The meeting was part of the Orienteering World Cup for elite atheletes from around the world and Oceania Carnival for lower level orienteers.

There were many cars and camper vans, a big screen TV, many computers, portable toilets and a coffee bar.

A video clip taken on the day can be seen on this link

Some of the many competitors waiting to start.