Own­ers give shops a makeover for RWC

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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