Neighbourly thing to do
Porirua’s smallest village hopes to make a big noise this weekend at its first Neighbours’ Day community fair.
The suburb of 3000 people is the latest to join Porirua City Council’s village planning programme, and will use its Neighbours’ Day celebration to get ideas for possible projects from residents.
‘‘As well as getting to know each other, it’s an opportunity to get people’s views,’’ says Ascot Park resident Faafoi Seiuli, the Porirua city councillor helping to launch the Ascot Park Village Plan.
Questionnaires will be handed to residents at the fair.
Alongside food stalls, an entertainment stage will be set up to showcase musicians. Anybody wanting to share their talent can sign up to an ‘‘Ascot Park X Factor’’ competition on the day.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of talent in Ascot Park,’’ Mr Seiuli says. ‘‘We hope it kicks off.’’
If the day is a success the fair could become an annual event, he says. ‘‘It would be good for us as a community.’’
Residents have been meeting monthly since September for village plan discussions and anybody is welcome to join the working group, Mr Seiuli says.
Ideas include putting up welcome signs at Ascot Park’s boundaries, improving and promoting the suburb’s bush walks, and making Ascot Park more kidfriendly, putting in a pedestrian crossing on Conclusion St and fixing up the park’s old BMX track.
‘I’d like to see more there for our kids,’’ Mr Seiuli says.
The village planning process has already fostered neighbourliness in Ascot Park, with the suburb holding a street barbecue in December and organising weekly community bush walks in summer, Mr Seiuli says.
Ascot Park Neighbours’ Day, Saturday, March 16, 10am to 2pm at Ascot Park. Rainy day alternative is March 23.