Aotea residents go one step further
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.’’