Waitārere Beach Community Plan

Feedback closing at 5pm on Friday, 14 February 2020

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Every neighbourhood and community is different; each with their own unique identity and special characteristics. A Community Plan for Waitārere Beach is being developed to reflect the voice of the community. It highlights the goals and aspirations of the community by setting out a vision, values, priorities and actions.

A draft Waitārere Beach Community Plan has now been created based on the feedback the community provided during 2019. Now is your chance to make sure we’re on the right track and that the draft Community Plan captures what is most important to the community.

View the Draft Te Mahere ā-Hapori o Waitārere | Waitārere Beach Community Plan(PDF, 3MB)

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Feedback on the draft Waitārere Beach Community Plan was open between 18 January and 14 February 2020, with a launch event held on 18 January 2020 at Waitārere Domain. 

Feedback received is now being analysed and changes made to the draft Community Plan. The finalised Community Plan will be adopted by Council.

If you’d like to have a chat with someone about this project, give us a call on (06) 366 0999 or call into Council’s Main Office, 126 Oxford Street, Levin.

What is the Waitārere Beach Community Plan?

The Waitārere Beach Community Plan is the voice of the community as it highlights the goals and aspirations of the community, and sets out ways to achieve these.

The Community Plan is based on feedback gained from the Waitārere Beach community, and in doing so highlights the unique identity and characteristics of the community.

Why is it important?

The uniqueness of each community in the Horowhenua, as well as the aspirations of the people, are captured within the Community Plan. A Community Plan will help preserve the areas that the community think are most special and outline ways we will enhance and develop other areas of importance to create the community, those who live there, want for the future.

How does it affect me?

A Community Plan is a chance to have your say in the future of your community, where your ideas, goals and aspirations to enhance your community can become a reality.

How has the draft Community Plan been developed?

The draft Community Plan has been developed in conjunction with local Iwi based on feedback received from the community. This has included:

  • Engagement with the Poroutawhao School students
  • Two surveys
  • A community drop-in session
  • Feedback from the Waitārere Beach Progressive and Ratepayers Association. 

A launch event is scheduled for the draft Community Plan, which allows people to give further feedback and engage to ensure the Community Plan reflects the wants of the community. The draft Community Plan will then be open for community feedback until 14 February 2020. After the engagement period, feedback is analysed and any additional changes will be made. The final Community Plan will then be presented to Council for adoption.

How can I be involved?

If you'd like to have a chat with someone about this project give us a call on 06 366 0999 or call into Council’s Main Office, 126 Oxford Street Levin.

Results from the first survey identified a number of projects or services already happening in your community.

Fibre Rollout in 2020

Chorus is planning fibre roll-out to Waitārere Beach in 2020. For more information see the Chorus website.

Recycling Centre – Surf Club Carpark

The recycling centre in the Surf Club Carpark is now here to stay. The recycling centre is provided as well as the kerbside recycling service.

Reticulated Drinking Water

A feasibility study is planned for this financial year on the feasibility of Council providing a reticulated drinking water system.

Beach Clean-up events

Beach clean-up events are run by the community every month. Check out the ‘What's Up Waitarere’ Facebook page for more details.

Bus to Levin

There is a bus to Levin every Friday. It picks up passengers from the Four Square at 10.25am and drops them back at 2.50pm.

Waitārere Beach Surf Lifesaving Club

When constructed the Waitārere Beach Surf Lifesaving Club building was located at the front of the beach, however, due to the accreting coastline (dunes moving towards the sea), the building is now a significant distance from the area patrolled by the Surf Lifeguards. This means the current building and lookout tower can no longer be used to patrol the beach. To address this issue Council and the Surf Lifesaving Club went through a process to designate an area on the foredune closer to the sea for a new Surf Lifesaving Club building.

A designation is like a spot zoning which allows for a specific activity to occur in the area. The designation would allow the surf club building and associated activities to operate from that area. The designation was approved in 2016, however, the land was still part of the foreshore and not within the District Council jurisdiction and did not have a certificate of title.

At the same time as the designation process, an accretion claim was made to Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) for this land to formally become part of the foredune reserve area Council manages and to include the area for the proposed Surf Lifesaving Club building. This process is still underway, awaiting a decision from LINZ before the project can proceed.