Horowhenua District Council have acted to ensure there are no problems with having no beach access at the end of Manga Pirau Street. This fence was erected this morning.
After months of gradual erosion the vehicle entrance at the south end of Manga Pirau Street is now no more. In fact a quad or 4 wheel drive going to the beach with too much speed would end up over a sharp drop into a deep river hole.
These photos taken by John Hewitson have been sent to Horowhenua District Council in an effort to get some action on a new stopbank to deflect the river and prevent further erosion.
Maybe ratepayers should request Horizons Council to use the transport levy component in our rates to put on public transport to take us to the Levin Pool as our access to the beach is now gone. This would make our pool levy in the District rates easier to understand.
As usual last Monday morning, 30 January 2012, was similar to many others especially after holiday periods when the village takes on the appearance of a rubbish dump after rubbish bags that have been left out on the ground overnight have been attacked by dogs or birds or cats or maybe even rabbits.
Regardless of what animals are responsible, the mess left is not the responsibility of the rubbish collectors to clean up and the rats and other rodents are probably having a field day.
Solutions are to build a stand above the ground or hire a bin — about $5 per week.
This is the AED (defribrilator) that we have purchased and which is on the street facing wall of the public changing rooms in the Hank Edwards Reserve.
If you see a person collapsing or if you find a person who has collapsed and is unconscious you must if necessary raise the alarm by ringing the Ambulance on 111.
Tell them you are at Waikawa Beach, Horowhenua and they will tell you the code to access the AED. At the same time, start CPR.
When you open the AED a voice will give full instructions on CPR and on how to use the AED.
[Updated January 2017, with new location. ]
The AED was originally on the fence outside 14 Manga Pirau Street as the photo below shows.
More photos again taken by the Shepherd family of some of the entries in the recent competition. All prizes were donated by the Shepherd family.