Owners give shops a makeover for RWC
The Mungavin shops received a spruceup for the Rugby World Cup – and organisers hope the exercise can now be replicated across Porirua.
Keep Porirua Beautiful, in conjunction with shop owners and with support from the city council, got the paint out in the past few months and gave the tired set of shops a makeover, including a mural on the dairy at one end.
Residents were also encouraged to clean up their yards, trim back trees and paint fences, from Awatea St in Ranui all the way through to the Cannons Creek shops.
KPB chairman, Jeremy Andersen, says the entire exercise worked well, with plenty of community buy-in.
‘‘We decided to do it earlier this year and although we only finished in the hours before the Rugby World Cup kicked off, it was a really worthwhile activity.
‘‘I think the shops look awesome and it’s a testament to the work of John Poppleton, who is tireless, the people of Mungavin Ave, and the shop owners.
‘‘There was a lot of enthusiasm for this and everyone was deter- mined to get rid of the graffiti.’’
Although some tags have since popped up, Mr Andersen is confident KPB, Porirua City Council and residents will keep the place tidy. He would love to have this exercise used as a template for elsewhere, calling it a ‘‘test case’’.
‘‘It’s definitely a strategy we’re looking at, and hopefully it gets more attention. It empowers people, they get a sense of pride from keeping their neighbourhood clean and it’s a good look when we [Porirua] have visitors.’’
Mazina Jalal, who owns two stores in the Mungavin shops, says the initiative was about making the area friendly and she was whole-heartedly behind it.
‘‘I like the community to be tidy so we can enjoy it. We want to make Porirua look good.’’