Tawa’s vibrant future in the spotlight
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.