Cheers for Porirua Har­bour plan

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Af­ter years of meet­ings, con­sul­ta­tion, hear­ings and drafts, the Porirua Har­bour and Catch­ment Strat­egy and Ac­tion Plan has fi­nally been launched.

At a cer­e­mony in Whi­tireia Com­mu­nity Polytech­nic’s Li­brary last week, lo­cal politi­cians, mem­bers of Ngati Toa and many other peo­ple who have helped bring the strat­egy along cel­e­brated this mile­stone.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said the har­bour was a ‘‘bea­con’’ for peo­ple to come and live in the city and their ‘‘life force’’.

‘‘This strat­egy is the prod­uct of four years of com­mu­nity and multi-agency con­sul­ta­tion and marks a wa­ter­shed mo­ment in the man­age­ment of Porirua Har­bour. It pro­vides a frame­work for ac­tion and co-op­er­a­tion on a va­ri­ety of cur­rent, im­me­di­ate and longer-term ac­tiv­i­ties geared to im­prov­ing the health of the har­bour and streams.’’

The strat­egy’s pri­mary ob­jec­tives are re­duc­ing sed­i­men­ta­tion and pol­lu­tants, and restor­ing the ecol­ogy. In the next two years catch­ment reveg­e­ta­tion, es­tu­ary plant­ing and com­mu­nity and busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion plans will be de­vel­oped and be­gun.

Welling­ton Mayor Celia Wade-brown said a re­cent hui she at­tended at Taka­puwahia Marae was telling, ‘‘as they told me about col­lect­ing kaimoana from the har­bour like it was yes­ter­day. It’s a shame we have to reach mud bot­tom be­fore we do some­thing about it.’’

The big­gest ap­plause of the night was re­served for Porirua Har­bour Strat­egy Co-or­di­na­tor Keith Calder, for get­ting the plan to this point.

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