Aotea res­i­dents go one step fur­ther

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea’s new res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion is get­ting up a head of steam.

The fledg­ling as­so­ci­a­tion has moved on from its Friends of Aotea roots, and a nine-mem­ber com­mit­tee, led by Rod­ney Strong, was formed last month.

Co-vice chair­woman Tr­ish Cox said it has been a low-key be­gin­ning to life as an as­so­ci­a­tion. It was a group of like-minded peo­ple who were start­ing from scratch and felt they could pro­vide a solid voice for the new­est part of Porirua, she said.

‘‘We had an AGM and formed a com­mit­tee, but there are no mem­bers at this point.

‘‘This is a new com­mu­nity, so we don’t have the dis­ad­van­tage of be­ing part of an es­tab­lished sub­urb of the city, where things could be quite clic­quey. We have a clean slate and want to talk to our neigh­bours about what they want.’’

Ms Cox said talk of a vil­lage plan and pri­or­i­ties for Aotea were some way off, but could be dis­cussed next year.

Ma­jor is­sues such as a su­per­mar­ket, hall and school would be on the agenda, but press­ing is­sues such as pedes­trian cross­ings were likely to be raised in the short term, she said.

A new web­site for the as­so­ci­a­tion would be up and run­ning soon.

In March, a Neigh­bours Day would be held to bring Aotea folk to­gether, but a quiz night next Sun­day was a good chance to talk to the com­mit­tee mem­bers, Ms Cox said.

‘‘We see it as a chance for peo­ple to come to­gether, talk to the com­mit­tee and get to know each other a bit bet­ter.’’

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said he hoped the Aotea com­mu­nity would get be­hind the new as­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘It’s a needed next step from what Robyn- Jane and John [ Wren] be­gan with Friends of Aotea,’’ he said. ‘‘It will be a pos­i­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion to make things hap­pen.’’

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