Creek res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion dis­in­te­grates

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.’’

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