Himatangi Beach Community Patrol
The Himatangi Beach Community Patrol team will be celebrating their one-year anniversary on Christmas eve and now with their very own patrol vehicle to match.
During the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan Submission process, the Himatangi Beach Community Committee and the Himatangi Beach Community Trust put forward a joint submission requesting Council’s support to work in partnership with the Surf Club on a community beach watch programme.
With a beach warden programme the Council would be helping to provide a safer destination for beach visitors, holiday home owners, and residents. This would result in a safer, maintained environment which would mean more visitors to Himatangi Beach.
To organise and run a beach warden programme, the local committee needed financial assistance from the Council with compulsory costs that included training for volunteers, a suitable cellphone, high visibility clothing and a suitable vehicle.
Council made a grant towards establishing the team and part of this grant helped to fund the purchase of a second-hand vehicle from the Horowhenua District Council this year.
The Himatangi Beach Community Patrol team is made up entirely of Himatangi resident volunteers who help the Police to make their community a safer environment for everyone.
This is especially important over the Christmas period when the town’s population swells from about 400 to close to 4000.
If you see them about or down at the beach over summer be sure to give them a big wave.