from the NZ Herald website —

All visitors to Waikanae Beach can now access the beach.

All visitors – including those with physical disabilities who are often excluded from experiencing the beautiful coast Kāpiti has been blessed with.

The Waikanae Boating Club and Waikanae Surf Club have come together with members of the community and the Waikanae Community Board to raise funds for a beach wheelchair.

The chair will enable wheelchair-bound people or those unable to walk long distances or on uneven ground, a chance to visit the beach.

Costing $8000, the chair is specifically designed for beach application with a stainless steel frame and fittings, waterproof canvas-type fabric and large low-pressure rubber wheels for manoeuvring on the sand.

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