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The Aus­tralian-based fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the Au­gust 13 City Cen­tre up­grade con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dent as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers was clearly floun­der­ing when he dis­cov­ered that the city coun­cil had failed to reg­u­larly con­sult with the as­so­ci­a­tions.

In­stead of be­ing able to de­velop a neat pack­age of rec­om­men­da­tions as to what ‘‘ the com­mu­nity’’ wanted in the fi­nal de­sign, the as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives were ques­tion­ing the whole no­tion of a city cen­tre, where was it lo­cated, and who was to ben­e­fit from an up­grade.

The con­cept of a city cen­tre as be­ing the heart of the city drew on his­toric Euro­pean mod­els which clus­tered around a cathe­dral and mar­kets. In Porirua’s case the clos­est cen­tre to fit this model is Can­nons Creek. The ex­ist­ing Cen­tral Busi­ness District, lo­cated at the south­ern end of the city, is spread over a wide area and not re­stricted to the area un­der the canopies.

The own­ers of prop­erty and busi­nesses, many of which are

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