Hayden reveals high hopes for Porirua
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.