Cheers for Porirua Harbour plan
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.