Quick and easy maps
Porirua’s top walking and cycling tracks just got smarter.
Signs on the top 12 tracks are being branded with Quick Response (QR) codes, which can allow smartphone users access to additional information online.
City council leisure assets and services manager Karyn Stillwell says scanning the codes is an easy way of getting information fast.
‘‘You don’t have to be technically savvy to download the QR app onto your phone. It’s really simple and smart technology, that connects track users to online maps from the convenience of their smartphone.’’
The QR codes are a high-tech version of a barcode and were put on the main pathway signs last week. They will complement the online map service the council already provides for the 12 tracks, which have been viewed more than 1400 times in the past nine months.
If your phone does not have a QR reader, there are plenty of free downloads available, Ms Stillwell says.
‘‘[It] saves you the hassle of typing in a web address or hunting for the right page on a website.
‘‘The advantage is that now if you lose your map or forget to take one, those with a smartphone can get a backup map while out on a walk.’’
The council still recommends walkers print off a map before setting out, since phones can go flat and telecommunications services can be unavailable in some areas. People wanting to save money and enrich the soil in their gardens may want to get along to a composting and recycling workshop at Pataka this Saturday.
The Porirua City Councilrun workshop will include a demonstration on composting and a brief update on recent changes to recycling. Up to 40 per cent of the rubbish Porirua households throw out every week consists of food scraps and garden waste, says Zero Waste co-ordinator Dee Jones.
Ms Jones says the demonstration will show participants what they need to get started and how to look after a compost heap.
‘‘The workshop will be of interest to a lot of people, including gardeners and those who want to save money on rubbish bags and compost.’’
Council settlement support co-ordinator Annette Woods says newcomers to Porirua may also find the workshop helpful. All participants will enter a draw to win a compost bin and recycling bin.
The workshop is on from 2pm till 3.30pm in the Pataka Education Space (walk through to the back of the gallery). Afternoon tea and refreshments provided.