Neigh­bourly thing to do

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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