Project wins ac­co­lades

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The Porirua Har­bour and catch­ment strat­egy and ac­tion plan has won the Geok Ling Phang Memo­rial Award for the project’s ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion’’ in the Welling­ton re­gion.

The award was from the Welling­ton branch of the New Zealand Plan­ning In­sti­tute and was pre­sented to Porirua Har­bour Strat­egy co-or­di­na­tor Keith Calder last Thurs­day.

‘‘This is an ac­knowl­edge­ment, on a re­gional level, of best prac­tice multi-agency part­ner­ships and an in­te­grated ap­proach to catch­ment and es­tu­ary man­age­ment plan­ning,’’ says Mr Calder.

He says the strat­egy is the prod­uct of four years of community and multi-agency con­sul­ta­tion.

It pro­vides a frame­work of ac­tion and co-or­di­na­tion that will im­prove the health of the har­bour and its streams.

‘‘The strat­egy de­scribes three pri­mary ob­jec­tives – re­duce sed­i­men­ta­tion rates, re­duce pol­lu­tants and re­store ecol­ogy – and ac­tions be­ing un­der­taken or planned to meet those ob­ject- ives.’’ The strat­egy was recog­nised be­cause it high­lights the valu­able con­tri­bu­tion sound plan­ning makes to the qual­ity of where we work, live and play.

It ad­dresses cur­rent needs and those of the fu­ture, says Phil Gurnsey, Welling­ton Plan­ning In­sti­tute branch chair­man.

Geok Ling Phang (nee Lee) was a Welling­ton town plan­ner who died in an ac­ci­dent in 2009.

This is the third year the Memo­rial Award has been pre­sented.

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