Porirua’s strength lies in its num­bers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A group of Porirua or­gan­i­sa­tions have banded to­gether to cre­ate a free news­let­ter and web­site with the aim of con­nect­ing the com­mu­nity.

A meet­ing in April at Pataka high­lighted the lack of a ‘‘one-stop shop’’ for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in the city, Jenny Lester from Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust said.

She and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau, Vol­un­teer Porirua, Porirua Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Cen­tre (based at Pem­ber House) and Porirua City Coun­cil es­tab­lished Com­mu­nity Con­nect Porirua in re­sponse.

Lester said the web­site was run­ning now, giv­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions an av­enue to ad­ver­tise, share and in­form about their ser­vices, events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, res­i­dents’ and ratepay­ers’ groups, schools and sports groups are free to use it, and more than 100 are on board so far.

There was no profit to be made – just in­form­ing the com­mu­nity, San­dra An­drews from Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau said.

‘‘We are con­fi­dent it is work­ing well and will get big­ger and bet­ter,’’ she said.

Lester said Com­mu­nity Con­nect Porirua was an op­por­tu­nity to band to­gether to re­spond as a sin­gle voice on lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional is­sues.

The dead­line for putting no­tices in the next news­let­ter is Thurs­day.

Check out pem­ber. org. nz/ com­mu­nity-con­nect-porirua.

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