the Waikanae Beach Character Study by Urban Perspectives Ltd

Waikanae Beach Character Assessment

WCB Nov 2017

This report on the KCDC website downloadable here was commissioned by the council sometime last year and was presented at the November 2017 Waikanae Community Board meeting when the above pic was taken.

The concern of the local Waikanae Beach Residents Society (Facebook page here) is to protect the beach area from ‘progress’ and this report contains some recommendations for changes to District Plan rules — although Quentin Poole of the Society at the meeting didn’t think they are strict enough.

None of this applies to the massive Maypole company development; and we think there is also likely to be development between Waikanae Beach and Peka Peka Beach in the not-too-distant future — either piecemeal or by a developer. This likewise is outside the area the report looks at.

and another new subdivision…

KapitiState subdivision

This one is called Kapiti Estate and is at the north end of Matenga Street just to the east side of the railway.  We assume its north-south street will simply be an extension of Matenga St. Another short street will go east-west (from Huia Street on the right) although doesn’t seem to have a name as yet.

The whole subdivision seems to be shown in this plan and offers 36 lots.

The development company is Aspen 2004 Ltd and seems to be Wanganui based — the Companies Office details are here

The developer’s website is here.

Waikanae Volunteer Fire Brigade trucks

WVFB engines

A photo taken in December 2015 by Patarika who says the appliances were called to the next door neighbours. “Our home was engulfed with smoke and I wasn’t able to get to my camera until the fire had been put out and our house deemed safe enough to enter — not that there was time to take photos. It was just terrible! I can’t believe how fast the flames spread throughout their house. Windows bursting, missiles shooting across the road. The tenant was a jabbering heap and fainted at one point. All very ghastly; but at least no life lost.”

Canola ‘the new margarine’ is made with a gasoline constituent

(NaturalNews) Remember when margarine was the substitute for butter? Hey, I can’t believe it’s not butter! Wow. Margarine is a molecule away from being plastic, and we wonder why so many old folks in America have Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The plastic fat is clogging their brain veins. No oxygen to the brain means expensive […]

via Canola the new margarine is made with a gasoline constituent – throw it all out — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

more reports of vehicles on the Waikanae Beach sandspit

Waiky Beach SUV

This might look like a good promo photo for a motor vehicle importer, but the vehicle shouldn’t be there.

In its reply last month the council said that 16 permits had been issued for supposedly ‘handicapped’ whitebaiters and people who wanted to install or repair their own seawalls to drive vehicles onto the beach.

The whitebait season is now over and there are no seawalls in this area — or any need for them.

If you see any vehicle in this area that isn’t an emergency service one, report details to the council, ideally with a photo.


In the comment, a reader says that the council protests that it has no power to issue moving vehicle infringement notices — that is the responsibility of the police.  You would think that the presence of a vehicle, moving or not, is a breach of the bylaw, however the answer is to send reports to both.


a less usual view of the Waikanae River south bank, 1982

1982 guards van view Roland Penhall

A photo taken out of the open door of a guard’s van on a freight train to Wellington while the van was still on the bridge.  One notes the ‘open road’ sign at that time, which meant you could drive at 80 km/h unless conditions required a lower speed. It is now a 50 km/h area.

Guards and guards vans on freight trains in NZ became a thing of the past in 1987. (Roland Penhall photo)