Creek residents association disintegrates
Cannons Creek has no working residents association, but Porirua City Council funding for projects in the suburb will not be affected.
A recent meeting of the council’s village plan subcommittee noted that while other suburbs had new village plans coming to fruition – including Titahi Bay, Takapuwahia, Hongoeka and Aotea – the Creek was without a working association.
Though the council traditionally liaised with associations to work through project priorities, village planning manager Ian Barlow said it was not critical.
‘‘A village plan is a strategy document that can last for years and yes, that is an easy way for us to deal with different communities and work through their aspirations,’’ he said.
‘‘But what works in Ranui and Plimmerton may not work elsewhere and we need to be able to tailor village work differently.
‘‘ Sometimes groups will be created to discuss an issue, other times a councillor may be the one to drive it.’’
Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association was in danger of splitting apart last year, amid acrimony between members.
Chairman Bill Hiku and com- mittee member Lepeti Tea were involved in online exchanges that became more personal, with accusations of bullying, meetings not being advertised and lack of accountability were made.
There was talk last August of the association being wound up.
Hiku said he had since stepped away.
‘‘What it came down to was a few us getting sick of the pressure from a couple of people, who wanted to exert control over what we were doing,’’ he claims.
‘‘I sort of fell into being chairman. It was more than I wanted and I didn’t enjoy it.’’
As far as Hiku was concerned, good things were happening in Cannons Creek that did not require input from an organised residents association.
Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association member Sala Nimarota said she did not know what was going on with the group.
‘‘I haven’t been to a meeting in ages. They’re not advertised,’’ she said.
Tea said as far as she was concerned the association was in ‘‘a hiatus’’.
She said the community needed an organised group to represent local interests and it would be great to get fresh blood involved.
‘‘Whether it’s a residents group or not remains to be seen,’’ she said.
Work in Cannons Creek over the past 12 months has mainly concentrated on upgrading Calliope Park and the taxi stand and car parking at the shopping centre.
Nothing else was planned in the 2015/16 financial year, Barlow said.
‘‘There’s no reason a working group can’t be formed if something comes up,’’ he said.
‘‘ Groups like Wesley Community Action are well-placed to have that community involvement.’’