Low-key start for ri­val as­so­ci­a­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Ti­tahi Bay Col­lec­tive, formed be­cause of frus­tra­tion with the ac­tions and lack of trans­parency of Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, got off to a low-key start on Satur­day.

About 25 people gath­ered at Ti­tahi Bay School to dis­cuss the for­ma­tion of a new res­i­dents’ group.

The con­sen­sus was not to form an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, with a trea­surer, sec­re­tary or chair­per­son, but to have a hand­ful of co-or­di­na­tors, who would look af­ter dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties.

‘‘The clas­sic old struc­ture of weekly meet­ings is not wanted,’’ res­i­dent John Horn­blower said.

An email list, reg­u­lar curry nights or pot luck din­ners, a news­let­ter and reg­u­lar li­ai­son with Porirua City Coun­cil were im­por­tant, the group de­cided.

The an­nual Ti­tahi Bay fair, and reg­u­lar plant­ings and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects would be key in the short term.

Reg­u­lar up­dates of the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties through a lo­cal no­tice­board or on an ex­ist­ing Face­book page was also mooted.

Mem­bers of a coun­cil-backed work­ing group who are up­dat­ing the Bay’s 2005 Vil­lage Plan were present, as was Mana MP and Bay res­i­dent Kris Faafoi.

The ages of those at­tend­ing var­ied and a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence to the re­cent res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion an­nual meet­ing was the num­ber of chil­dren in­side and out­side the school hall.

Dis­cus­sion was fa­cil­i­tated by Porirua deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey and Wendy Barry. No-one from Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion at­tended.

It was de­cided that dis­cus­sion about the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion was not war­ranted.

‘‘This is a place for ideas and we want this to be chilled out,’’ Ms Cof­fey said by way of an in­tro­duc­tion. ‘‘I’m here to see if this is what this com­mu­nity wants. I think this is just the start.’’

One of the at­ten­dees said the Bay de­served a co­he­sive group that rep­re­sented res­i­dents.

Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­soci- ation chair­man Graeme Eb­bett sent out an email on Satur­day, thank­ing those who at­tended the an­nual meet­ing on Fe­bru­ary 8.

He wel­comed new faces Pat Kelly and Michelle Collins to the as­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee.

Mr Eb­bett said the as­so­ci­a­tion was com­mit­ted to the re­view of the vil­lage plan and the process that would al­low cars on the beach.

He be­moaned a lack of co- oper­a­tion from the coun­cil.

He said it would be use­ful if ‘‘Ana Cof­fey and her group’’ came to the res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings and worked with the as­so­ci­a­tion over is­sues fac­ing Bay res­i­dents. ‘‘ We would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate your enthusiasm and ideas. To­gether as a com­mu­nity we can all move for­ward for the greater over­all ben­e­fit of the Bay,’’ Mr Eb­bett said.

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