Hay­den re­veals high hopes for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A more vis­i­ble Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful ( KPB) could be com­ing un­der new chair­man Hay­den Nash.

The Porirua East res­i­dent took the reins this month.

He said pre­de­ces­sor Jeremy An­der­sen de­served much credit for the work he put in, but be­lieves it is time for a ‘‘new di­rec­tion’’.

KPB has al­ways had a solid rep­u­ta­tion of ad­vo­cacy and vol­un­teer hours keep­ing the city tidy and car­ry­ing out plant­ing days, but Mr Nash says get­ting out in the community more is his pri­mary aim.

‘‘It’s about mak­ing us more rel­e­vant to peo­ple in Porirua again. Porirua City Coun­cil has clean­ing up the har­bour as a key part of their agenda and we want to be in­volved with that.

‘‘ I want to be talk­ing to busi­nesses about keep­ing their patches clean, be­cause they can re­ally af­fect the wa­ter­ways and har­bour.’’

Mr Nash, who will be jug- gling the role with full-time work, says core ac­tiv­i­ties like plant­ing days, cleanups, main­tain­ing the community gar­den at Corn­wall and other beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects will re­main. How­ever, he is keen to in­crease mem­ber­ship and be more proac­tive in tack­ling lit­ter and graf­fiti in Porirua.

He would love to see more rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the com­mit­tee from the north and eastern parts of the city.

His job has been made more dif­fi­cult re­cently, with the coun­cil more than halv­ing its con­tri­bu­tion, down to $32,000. Other av­enues will be ex­plored for fund­ing, he says.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says KPB has done an ad­mirable job over the years, get­ting peo­ple en­gaged in mak­ing the city a ti­dier place.

At 28, he says Mr Nash’s age will hope­fully en­cour­age other young peo­ple to be in­volved.

‘‘I’m ex­cited to hear Hay­den say KPB will be aligned with [the city coun­cil’s] goals of ri­par­ian plant­ing and reveg­e­ta­tion.’’

NEW DI­REC­TION: New Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful chair­man Hay­den Nash wants to make the or­gan­i­sa­tion more rel­e­vant.

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