Porirua Har­bour to get TLC it needs

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The fu­ture of Porirua Har­bour con­tin­ues pos­i­tively with the sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween key or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in its restora­tion.

Porirua City Coun­cil, Welling­ton City Coun­cil, Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil and Te Ru­nanga O Toa Ran­gatira, along with other key agen­cies signed the Porirua Har­bour MOU at Taka­puwahia Marae on Septem­ber 20.

‘‘The MOU sign­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the Porirua Har­bour pro­gramme,’’ says Porirua Mayor Jenny Brash. ‘‘It con­cludes 18 months of work lead by PCC to de­velop and con­sol­i­date part­ner­ships fun­da­men­tal to any ef­fec­tive strat­egy for the har­bour.’’

Porirua Har­bour Strat­egy co­or­di­na­tor Keith Calder says the MOU recog­nises that any im­prove­ment to the health of Porirua Har­bour re­quires a mul­tia­gency ap­proach.

‘‘ Four­teen agen­cies that are part of a Porirua Har­bour In­ter­a­gency Ad­vi­sory Group are for­mal­is­ing their sup­port for and par­tic­i­pa­tion in prepa­ra­tion of a har­bour and catch­ment strat­egy aimed at clean­ing up the har­bour.’’

The four key stake­hold­ers – PCC, WCC, GWRC and Te Runa- nga O Toa Ran­gatira, rep­re­sent­ing Ngati Toa, were joined by cosig­na­to­ries Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Fish & Game New Zealand, Guardians of Pau­ata­hanui In­let, New Zealand Trans­port Agency, Pau­ata­hanui In­let Com­mu­nity Trust, Queen El­iz­a­beth II Na­tional Trust, and Re­gional Pub­lic Health. Two other sig­na­to­ries, Min­istry of Fish­eries and On­track New Zealand Rail­way Cor­po­ra­tion, were un­avail­able but will sign the MOU at a later date.

‘‘We see this as a strong com­mit­ment from the iwi, statu­tory agen­cies, and the com­mu­nity to work to­gether to pro­tect, man­age and re­store Porirua Har­bour,’’ says Riki Wi­neera, who signed on be­half of Ngati Toa.

Welling­ton Mayor Kerry Pren­der­gast says her coun­cil is com­mit­ted to work­ing with PCC, Ngati Toa and GWRC to bet­ter man­age the re­gion­ally sig­nif­i­cant stream and har­bour.

‘‘ Welling­ton needs to be in­volved in de­vel­op­ing strate­gies to ad­dress is­sues in Porirua Har­bour. These is­sues in­clude pol­lu­tion from roads, boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, agri­cul­ture and sed­i­men­ta­tion, some of which orig­i­nates in­side Welling­ton City bound­aries,’’ she says.

GWRC chair­woman Fran Wilde says the restora­tion and re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Porirua Har­bour is a mat­ter of re­gional im­por­tance.

‘‘This beau­ti­ful, iconic har­bour is also the biggest es­tu­ary in the lower North Is­land. Its sig­nif­i­cance – en­vi­ron­men­tally, recre­ation­ally and cul­tur­ally – can­not be over­stated. I’m de­lighted to be sign­ing the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­cause it gives the com­mu­nity an un­equiv­o­cal sig­nal that all the key par­ties are work­ing to­gether to im­prove the har­bour’s fu­ture.’’

Mr Calder says the coun­cils and agen­cies will now work to­gether to pro­duce a draft strat­egy and an ac­tion plan for pub­lic com­ment by mid 2011.

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