Porirua 50 group now just one

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KRIS DANDO

A com­mit­tee es­tab­lished to plan events for Porirua’s 50th birth­day has been un­able to hang onto its mem­bers – but the Porirua City Coun­cil says the com­mit­tee has com­pleted the task it was formed to do.

The eight- mem­ber # Porirua50 Com­mit­tee was set up late last year and rep­re­sented dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the com­mu­nity. Only Aotea res­i­dent Sandy Brewer, the pres­i­dent of Porirua Lit­tle Theatre, re­mains and she is not sure what the fu­ture holds.

She said the com­mit­tee used to meet reg­u­larly, and a Face­book page and dis­tinc­tive logo were among its early suc­cesses. The 50th din­ner and world-record haka were among ideas that would prob­a­bly ma­te­ri­alise, she said.

But Brewer was dis­ap­pointed by the level of sup­port from the coun­cil.

‘‘I’m not sure what’s go­ing on with it. There’s been no word,’’ she said. ‘‘We would try to make de­ci­sions, but would run into road­blocks. I feel we were not get­ting the nec­es­sary sup­port to make the 50th a suc­cess. It got very tricky. I feel like I’m the last man stand­ing.’’

Com­mit­tee mem­bers dis­ap­peared, Brewer said, when the re­al­i­ties of life took over and it be­came clear the group would have no bud­get or real teeth. ‘‘ A few peo­ple got very dis­heart­ened with it all, es­pe­cially when we were far down the track with some things.

‘‘ We had the big din­ner idea planned, but when it came to quotes, we could not get sign-off. That’s why it has be­come a civic event in­stead of a com­mu­nity-based one.’’

Brewer said com­mu­nity buy-in to make the 50th part of the city’s fab­ric had hap­pened, but only in fits and starts. She main­tains the Face­book page and said she hoped other events planned would be fit­ting trib­utes to the city’s birth­day.

Brewer said the for­ma­tion of a com­mu­nity group headed by Colin Bleas­dale, which aims to have a bar­be­cue at Te Rau­paraha Park in Oc­to­ber, took her by sur­prise.

Ge­off Mow­day, chair­man of the Plim­mer­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, was in­vited to at­tend one meet­ing.

He said the com­mit­tee did not seem ‘‘all-em­brac­ing’’ and he didn’t feel the need to at­tend again.

‘‘ It wasn’t a broad- based com­mu­nity com­mit­tee, like I had hoped,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing seemed liked it was fo­cused to­wards the Porirua city cen­tre. I thought the 50th was a chance to cel­e­brate the en­tire city, but this wasn’t the di­rec­tion the com­mit­tee was mov­ing.’’

Euan Dempsey, the coun­cil’s gen­eral manager of com­mu­nity ser­vices, said the com­mit­tee no longer needed to meet be­cause it had com­pleted the task it was formed to do.

‘‘The com­mit­tee was suc­cess­ful in bring­ing many great ideas, some of which have taken place, such the Gal­lipoli ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka and adding a 50th flavour to the Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments and Creek­fest,’’ he said.

Dempsey en­cour­aged groups to ap­ply to the coun­cil for fund­ing this month if they want to hold 50thre­lated events.

Ed­i­to­rial, P 10

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