Face­book page to be Bay ral­ly­ing spot

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A Face­book page cel­e­brat­ing Ti­tahi Bay has been slow to gain mo­men­tum but there are hopes it will be­come a ral­ly­ing point for dis­cussing lo­cal is­sues and keep­ing the sub­urb neat and tidy.

Brodie Mac­gre­gor and Ali­son Watts started the ‘‘I Love Ti­tahi Bay’’ page in March and had 39 likes by the end of last week. This is in com­par­i­son to the Porirua group page which gath­ered over 20,000 likes in a fort­night last month. It has be­come a ma­jor forum for dis­sem­i­nat­ing views and rem­i­nisc­ing.

Ms Watts and Mr Mac­gre­gor – the lat­ter grew up in Ti­tahi Bay – hope for the same buy-in from Bay res­i­dents, with the Face­book page be­com­ing a start­ing place ‘‘to get things done’’.

‘‘Hope­fully it will be some­where that peo­ple come to reg­u­larly, ex­press views and talk about how we can deal with things like graf­fiti in our neigh­bour­hood. We want res­i­dents to share pho­tos, ideas and just con­nect,’’ Mr Mac­gre­gor said.

Let­ting peo­ple know about new walk­ways, coun­cil con­sul­ta­tion and even when the surf’s good are among the in­ten­tions. They want it to be free of po­lit­i­cal is­sues, such as the po­ten­tial sale of Moana Court, at this point.

For­mer Keep Porirua Beau­ti­ful chair­man and Bay res­i­dent Jeremy An­der­sen has en­cour­aged them to join KPB’s Adopt A Spot scheme. They want the I Love Ti­tahi Bay page lik­ers to se­lect a small slice of the sub­urb to keep clean and free of lit­ter, even if it is just some­where they drive past on their daily com­mute to work.

The cou­ple have lived in the sub­urb for nine months, buy­ing their first home there.

‘‘I think there’s a stigma about it but we want to shake that.’’

Lov­ing the Bay: Brodie Mac­gre­gor and Ali­son Watts know the power of so­cial me­dia to­day and they view a Face­book page ded­i­cated to Ti­tahi Bay as a way to con­nect more with their neigh­bours and wider community.

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