Facebook page to be Bay rallying spot
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.