Taken today. This freshwater lake and marsh is in the Waikanae Beach era, a bit to the north of the lagoons. According to the Wetland Trust website:
“Waimeha Reserve is surrounded by houses and is no longer regularly flooded by the Waikanae River. Nonetheless, it is a picturesque and relatively diverse lowland / coastal swamp with large areas of raupo, sedgeland, toetoe and a small lagoon. A local community group maintains the wetland.”
The standpoint of the first three photos above is the north side of 19-21 Eruini Street, while the boardwalk photo is a bit to the east, nearer to Queens Road which is the best entrance area.
A scene from about 9:20 on Saturday. The Downtown Community Ministry bookfair organisers in Wellington (held in July) told us that although the number of books being sold each year is slowly falling, the total amount spent is constant, so people are after better quality books now.
Anyway the Waikanae fair should have raised a respectable sum to be shared among the deserving charity recipients.
This was well attended and should have given the many attendees a good insight into Police work, most of which, although not all, involves combating criminals and other nefarious members of society.
The top picture depicts confronting an armed gangster, and attendees could try the various weapons. However, despite what people may think, shooting crims is not the first preference. SWAT squads in the US will tell you they are life saving, not life taking organisations, and that applies to the Armed Offenders Squad here.
We will put some comments on here shortly about neighbourhood watch principles to encourage readers to do their bit.
You may have heard on media that I have a few things on soon.
Rotary Art show — Southwards invited me as a guest artist — I’m not sure if it was due to a cancellation but it was only a few weeks back so as I had sidelined work for the Arts trail which the college asked me to do at the college so the public can see the murals, I decided after some pressure from family to accept Rotary as well: hence work is being juggled.
Here is a summary of what I intend to exhibit.
TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, the world’s oldest coal burner steamer
Any of the above that do not sell, plus more ships, buses and landscape as well as prints, cards, calendars etc. and the murals I have helped year 10 art students produce.
Hope you can make it.
Kia ora tâtou
My name is Brandy Griffin. I am new to the Strategy and Planning team at Council, working with Alison and Sam.
This email is because we just wanted to get in touch to let you know what’s going on.
We are close to finalising a document which captures all the rich and interesting feedback you have given us regarding what you love about Waikanae Beach and what your concerns are for its future. In pulling that together, it has become clear that it would be useful to hold some information sessions on specific topics. Please put a holder in your diaries for any of the following sessions you are interested in and we will confirm exact times and venues once we have these sorted out.
Tuesday 10 November evening – A non-council expert will talk briefly about the design of urban form – what tools are available and what issues need to be considered – and then answer questions. This will include some discussion of examples of special character areas. If you have any examples of great urban form/design you know about, please bring along any information or pictures to share.
Wednesday 18 November evening – Council planners and an external expert will talk about what can and can’t be done with land use planning and consenting processes. Bring all your expertise and questions about the complex world of land use planning.
Sunday 29 November afternoon – Experts from the Council and external organisations will talk about traffic and transport planning and management including cycleways, traffic calming measures, and what modelling has been done of the expressway impacts. Greater Wellington Regional Council will also have someone present to answer questions about public transport services.
On a different topic, the online forum is progressing. We are in the testing phase, making sure it is easy to use and does what is needed. Modifications should be finalised next week and we hope to have it ready to use by the last week of this month or the first week of November at the latest. In the meantime, as you have been alerted in a previous email, the council’s website has a page with frequently asked questions and answers here or you can access it from the Hot Topics list on the council’s home page.
We are all looking forward to seeing you at the sessions in November, and I will be looking forward to meeting you.
Brandy Griffin, Senior Policy Advisor
Tel 04 2965 513
Of course it’s just a drill, but worth contemplating as if it were real. What could fall on you where you are? If that’s in a place you control, why not secure it?
If the power went off, there was no tapwater, and no wastewater for a couple of days, how would it affect you?
Above is a part of a webpage on the seniorshousing.co.nz website from a year ago.
As a concept, retirement villages are very profitable for the operators as occupants instead of owning a property title instead buy a ‘licence to occupy’ which is the value of the house as decided by a valuer at the time that the previous occupant ‘leaves’ plus a hefty ‘refurbishing fee’.
When the new occupant in turn ‘leaves’ — on average after 8 years — the capital gain is kept by the operator. In the meantime the occupant pays a monthly fee for the privilege of living there so the operator has enviable cash flow compared with other businesses. This monthly fee will include the council rates, but invariably also includes inflated charges for nominal ‘community services’ that the village supposedly offers.
Is the ‘alternative retirement village’ in the Maypole propaganda another term for a gated community? Well, last week we spent an hour with the council consents officer examining that. We came away with many plan copies which we are in the process of analysing, and will report in detail on here soon.