Tawa’s vi­brant fu­ture in the spot­light

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS - CHELSEA MCLAUGH­LIN

Life in Tawa is about to be­come a lot more vi­brant.

The Tawa Pro­gres­sive and Ratepay­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion has been re­branded as Vi­brant Tawa.

Trea­surer Peter Bow­ers said six new mem­bers had in­jected fresh blood in to the com­mit­tee, which is about to be­gin its mis­sion of mak­ing Tawa a more lively place.

The group’s first ini­tia­tive was to en­list the help of Tawa Col­lege stu­dents, who will de­velop brand­ing as part of their cur­ricu­lum dur­ing term two.

Bow­ers said the group had a

Vi­brant Tawa also planned to work closely with busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups in the re­gion to fa­cil­i­tate events and ideas.

long list of ideas that they were go­ing to im­ple­ment, such as a ‘‘What’s on in Tawa’’ data­base to make res­i­dents and vis­i­tors aware of how much goes on in the area.

‘‘There’s a lot more on in Tawa than you know about,’’ he said.

It was also work­ing with Welling­ton City Coun­cil to help im­prove the town cen­tre.

North­ern ward coun­cil­lor and Vi­brant Tawa mem­ber Mal­colm Spar­row said $1 mil­lion had been al­lo­cated for up­grad­ing the Tawa town cen­tre over the next three or four years.

‘‘In the end the coun­cil will make the de­ci­sions, but the group here can en­deav­our to in­flu­ence and make sug­ges­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘Rather than coun­cil com­ing in and say­ing, ‘We know what’s best for you’, we want to their at­ti­tude to be, ‘You’re the lo­cals, you can make some use­ful sug­ges­tions’.’’

The coun­cil had taken the group’s ideas on board and was in­cor­po­rat­ing most of them into of­fi­cial plans, Bow­ers said.

Vi­brant Tawa also planned to work closely with busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups in the re­gion to fa­cil­i­tate events and ideas that brought the com­mu­nity to­gether, such as first-aid cour­ses at Tawa Squash Club.

‘‘We hope­fully will or­gan­ise, or en­cour­age other peo­ple to or­gan­ise, com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives,’’ Spar­row said.

‘‘In my ex­pe­ri­ence, when there’s a project where peo­ple can get to­gether you of­ten get a good show of peo­ple putting up their hands.’’

Bow­ers said the group had been work­ing be­hind the scenes but was go­ing to be­come more vis­i­ble in com­ing months.

‘‘You can feel some mo­men­tum build­ing,’’ he said.

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