Aotea association has plenty of work ahead of it
A supermarket, pedestrian crossings, Whitford Brown Ave — the fledgling Aotea Residents Association doesn’t lack for topical issues to discuss.
Having become more formal since Friends of Aotea was launched in 2008, the association now has a chairman, committee and about 50 members.
It is in the process of developing a village plan, which a recent community survey has given it a basis for.
‘‘We’re still in the early days of setting up,’’ chairman Rodney Strong said.
‘‘ There’s a lot of legwork to come and formalising relationships more with Porirua City Council and [Aotea landowners] Carrus, but we have a solid group of people who represent different age groups and interests in Aotea.
‘‘We’re not pushing things too much at this point, just getting bedded in.’’
Strong said some of the association’s priorities in the short and medium term included pedestrian crossings, a noticeboard at the shops and getting the village plan written up.
The proposed Countdown supermarket at the top of Whitford Brown will be on the association’s agenda very soon, but the feedback is very mixed, he said.
Longer- term priorities could also include a community hall.
Aotea Residents Association has no membership fees and Strong said that issue and whether to become an incorporated society was on its ‘‘to discuss’’ list.
The association meets once a month.
Go to Friends of Aotea on Facebook or aotearesidents.org.nz for information.