The river scratch, August 2023

The ditch attempting to join two sections of river.

Whitebaiting season starts on 01 September 2023 so some folks have a particular interest in driving their gear onto the beach.

For quite a while now though the river has formed itself into a long lazy loop going right past the Miratana track to the south side of the bay and then doubling back.

Two strands of the river, close together but not connected.

On 11 August 2023 a group of folks took their shovels down to the beach and dug a shallow trench between the two streams. Not deep enough to actually connect them, there was no immediate change.

A couple of high tides and rainy days later though, the river finally broke through.

The river cut channel has broken through.
Miraz Jordan @WaikawaNews