Waitārere Beach Community Plan

Ongoing consultation

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Every neighbourhood and community is different; each with their own unique identity and special characteristics. A Community Plan is the voice of the community – it highlights their goals and aspirations, and how we will achieve them.

We want to hear from you as to what you think is most important in Waitārere Beach and what you see as the future of your community.

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There have been a number of opportunities for people to have their say on the Waitārere Beach Community Plan so far:

  • A drop-in session was held on Saturday 20 July 2019. Over 60 people stopped in during the session to have their say.
  • An online survey was open from 1 July to 5 August 2019. A total of 258 survey responses were received.
  • A final online survey was open from 23 August to 9 September 2019. Over 160 responses were received.

The feedback received from the Final Survey will be analysed and a draft Waitārere Beach Community Plan prepared. The draft Waitārere Beach Community Plan will be launched in November. More details on the launch event will follow.

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 a Community Plan?

Every neighbourhood and community is different; each with their own unique identity and special characteristics. A Community Plan is the voice of the community – it highlights their goals and aspirations, and how we will achieve them.

Why is it important?

Our unique neighbourhoods and communities are what make Horowhenua a fantastic place to live, work and play. 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.

Who should be involved?

Everyone! Every person in our communities contributes to what makes it unique. We want to hear from you – tell us what makes your community special and what your dreams and aspirations are for your community.

The first communities Council will be working with to create their Community Plans are Manakau, Ōhau, Waitārere Beach and Levin. If you live, work or play in any of these areas we want to hear from you.

If this isn’t you don’t worry! Council will be working with the other communities in the district over the coming years. The aim is to have Community Plans which represent all of the district.

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.