La­goon walk pre­cious


How are you all cop­ing with the heat? Per­son­ally, I find it dif­fi­cult. As the tem­per­a­ture rises, so my in­cli­na­tion to move falls, which is not a good thing, given my age.

We are con­stantly be­ing told that ex­er­cise will do magic things for us – save us from Alzheimer’s, re­duce choles­terol and high blood pres­sure, keep us from ac­quir­ing too much adi­pose tis­sue, and so on.

Many peo­ple pay huge amounts and get locked into un­sus­tain­able con­tracts at gyms around the coun­try, and I have to ask some­times: for what?

Here in Porirua, we are so lucky.

We have many, many bush walks and green spa­ces to en­joy if we choose to go walking.

And by far the jewel in the crown is the Aotea La­goon. What a gem.

We go down there most days be­fore the sun gets too high.

By walking round the la­goon three or four times, you cover be­tween two and three kilo­me­tres, which is a good, brisk 20-minute walk.

A bonus is the ex­er­cise machines planted at in­ter­vals around the perime­ter.

Who needs to pay to use such com­modi­ties in a gym when they are there for free at our own back door?

By far the most pleas­ant side of a daily walk around the la­goon, how­ever, is the peo­ple you meet. If you go at a fairly reg­u­lar time of day, you meet some of the same peo­ple ev­ery day – some strug­gling round the 732- me­tre track on arthritic joints, some run­ning in ath­letic fash­ion, oth­ers walking the dog(s), still oth­ers, like me, walking briskly and us­ing the machines as they go.

Ev­ery­one greets the oth­ers as they pass, cre­at­ing a pleas­ant way to start the day.

As you go round, of course, you can watch the ducks, shags and the oc­ca­sional heron ply­ing their trade.

On a still morn­ing, fish, for which the la­goon ap­pears to be a breed­ing nurs­ery, can be seen jump­ing from the water.

I can’t help won­der­ing what will hap­pen to all this wildlife when the pro­posed ca­ble way is in­stalled.

And as I look around the lovely en­vi­ron­ment, I try to en­vis­age what the ad­vent of a cafe­te­ria, chang­ing sheds and the in­evitable ma­chin­ery for said ca­ble way will do to the whole setup of the la­goon, to say noth­ing of the in­creased in­va­sion of this peace­ful space by the users of the water ski ramps, and so on. A down­side of the la­goon is the amount of lit­ter left around the grounds. Why is it that some peo­ple sim­ply can­not walk a cou­ple of me­tres to one of the many lit­ter bins and drop their rub­bish in them in­stead of sim­ply toss­ing it on to the track or into the water?

Coun­cil staff and con­cerned users of the area find it hard to keep up. Per­son­ally, I would like to grab the per­pe­tra­tors by the scruff of the neck and drop them in the lit­ter bin.

Last month we were greatly en­light­ened on the machi­na­tions of power com­pa­nies and the ef­fect on our pock­ets of the power com­pa­nies, which seem to think it their God- given right to con­tinue to put up prices in­ex­orably while their ex­ec­u­tives and boards cream off mega-bucks as salaries.

This month, mayor Nick Leggett will join us to give some in­sight into how the move­ment to­wards amal­ga­ma­tion is pro­gress­ing, or not, as the case may be, and maybe some de­tails about con­sul­ta­tion on that sub­ject with us, the ratepay­ers.

If you have ques­tions, you need to be there.

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