Beach Progressive & Ratepayers Association Inc.
Community Project / Working Bee
Saturday 21st February at 9 amThe date has been changed due to bad weather
so the Working Bee is now scheduled for
28th February at 9am
Acicia (Coastal Wattle)
is a category 2 weed and is overtaking the village.
- covering the sand dunes
- strangling the playgrounds
-invading our parks
Members of the Progressive & Ratepayers' Association
will be at the Waitarere Domain on
Saturday 21st February at 9 a.m.
Please come and help us erradicate this invasive weed
and learn how to control it in your own section.
Bring with you gloves, pruners, saws,
loppers, trailers etc.
For any more information please contact Joanne 06 3686825
Community News September 2008
Locals were shocked to wake up on 22nd July, after a particularly
stormy night to find that our local 4 Square Dairy had been destroyed
by fire during the night. The fire was caused by a fault in the
stores electric fuse board. The building was about 45 years old
and had been the Queen Bee Dairy & Tea Rooms.
Process: The final architect’s plans went into Council on
13th September. Once approved, work will begin on the concrete
slab and walls, which should take about two weeks and then the
foundations, will start.
Store at the Beachcomber café: Ice creams, newspapers,
fresh bread, milk, butter, cheese and other food items are available
at the Café.
The middle of July saw very high seas which washed debris and
large logs up the beach entrance. This resulted in the closure
of both beach entrances for several days.
Keep NZ Beautiful
The beach clean-up on Saturday 13th September was well supported
by locals and the Wellington Cross Country Vehicle Club. Two trucks
loads of rubbish were collected off the beach in one and a half
hours! Participants then enjoyed a sausage sizzle. Thank you to
all that helped.
The Surf Club held their annual mid winter polar dip on 9th August,
which was a bitterly cold windy afternoon. About 25 very brave
entrants including junior through to senior members of the Masters
swimming club, took the plunge, supported by a small group pf
enthusiastic onlookers. The event finished with a meal at the
Beach wardens will be on duty again this summer. If you would
like to volunteer your services, please call the President
Christmas Carols in the Domain
Keep November 28th free for this event.
Groups at the Beach
Yoga at the Scout Hall. Tues 10.30am & Thursday 5.30pm
Tai Chi at the Bowling Club Tues 10am
Walking Group Sat 8.30am, Tues 8.30am, Thurs 4.30pm
meeting of the Progressive Assn on 18 August heard from Craig
Mitchell who is the Group Manager of Environmental Management
and responsible for the Regional Plant & Pest Strategy, and
Fleur Maseyk, a senior scientist from Horizons Regional Council,
re the coastal wattle that is fast taking over our dunes and vacant
sections and parks.
The outcome was:-
The Coastal Wattle does not meet the criteriafor species-led funding
because:-There is no known effective treatment
For this reason any control would be ongoing and very expensive.
Two agents for bio-control are being trialed in Northland –
a wasp which comes from South Africa and a weevil.
The bottom line is there is not the money or the tools required
to help us, Horizons can only provide us with expertise and advice.
So what can we do:-
A Special sub-committee is being set up to formulate a management
plan to deal with this plant, headed by Tony Strawbridge. We need
the support of the community, and invite interested parties to
join this committee.
Take control yourself and dig out and burn any of this plant found
on your property or beach- front dunes.
Beach Farm Development
exciting development is well on the way. You will notice that
the two-lane road entrance that is now visible from Waitarere
Road has been planted with masses of grasses and natives. In fact
over 150,000 plants have been put in to-date.
The round-about onto Waitarere Beach Road has been formed, and
will house one of the new security cameras. The sub-division will
also be surrounded by 120 acres of Reserve. Where trees have been
cut down these areas will be replanted with natives. 5 lakes have
been formed and the edges will be planted. The sand dune formation
has been retained. Of the 74 sections available in stage one,
34 have already sold.
Names - Council has approved Waitarere Rise Avenue for the main
road into the development, as well as Mowhia Grove and Quail Way.
OPEN DAY is planned for the end of November, for the public to
view this development. There will be lots of activities including
Hot Air Balloons and Sausage sizzle etc. Watch out for this Date
and more information
A Working Bee
Has been planned for Saturday 4 October at the Domain to make
a start on digging out the wattle and other weeds that are growing
in the Domain.
will support this effort with funding.
plan is to start on a small measurable area first, see the results,
and then form a Plan of action. If we do nothing our dunes will
be taken over by this wattle very quickly.
Neighbourhood Support has advised that there have been
several burglaries at holiday houses recently. Windows have been
broken to gain access. In the main only alcohol and food has been
taken. They ask that we check neighboring holiday properties,
and report any suspicious