Bay track awaits up­grade

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Toni Robin­son is wait­ing for the day she spots some­one with a bro­ken leg ly­ing on the muddy track op­po­site her home.

The Tan­gare Dr res­i­dent’s home looks out on to a strip of land be­hind Ngati Toa School. She has lived there for 23 years.

A track be­low the school is used by dozens of pupils and mem­bers of the pub­lic ev­ery day. It is a handy short­cut from Porirua City cen­tre, Taka­puwahia and nearby schools like Porirua School and Mana Col­lege to Ti­tahi Bay.

Robin­son said it had re­cently be­come muddy and treach­er­ous. She has seen people keel over or get scratched by black­berry.

‘‘It’s dan­ger­ous and some­thing has to be done,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s very steep and in­cred­i­bly hard to get up and down.

‘‘You are al­most guar­an­teed to slip at some point. Some­one will break their neck or a leg.’’

Robin­son has seen Porirua City Coun­cil trucks drive into the land spray­ing black­berry, but has been told it’s not their land.

She said she had been ‘‘bounced around’’ call cen­tres in at least three or­gan­i­sa­tions and was once on the phone for six hours.

Robin­son was told it may even be Hous­ing New Zealand land.

Kapi- Mana News con­firmed with the city coun­cil that it is land re­turned to Maori un­der a Treaty of Wai­tangi claim.

Ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice of Treaty Set­tle­ments, the 1.86 hectare area sur­round­ing the track was in­cluded in its land­bank in June 2012.

It was the only tract of land of that type, said deputy sec­re­tary and di­rec­tor Kevin Kelly.

‘‘Col­liers is ap­pointed by the Min­istry of Jus­tice to man­age the Of­fice of Treaty Set­tle­ments land­bank port­fo­lio. Col­liers in turn has en­gaged a con­trac­tor to mow and main­tain that property,’’ he said.

Kelly said the last main­te­nance was car­ried out in Novem­ber, but the land would be in­spected this week to as­sess safety.

‘‘We will also li­aise with the coun­cil re­gard­ing main­te­nance op­tions.’’

Ngati Toa School prin­ci­pal Bar­bara Smith said chil­dren tra­di­tion­ally used the track as a way into the school. She had not heard of many tum­bles or in­juries, but would like to see it up­graded.

on- go­ing

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Con­cerned: Taka­puwahia res­i­dent Toni Robin­son at the bot­tom of the steep track leading up to Ngati Toa School.

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