Porirua sub­urbs set for up­grades

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - KRIS DANDO

A new $60,000 waka ramp and out­door shower will be con­structed off Wi­neera Dr in the next 12 months as part of Porirua City Coun­cil’s vil­lage plan­ning bud­get.

The con­firmed $550,000 bud­get in­cludes $26,500 to­wards a walk­way from Con­clu­sion St to War­spite Ave and $35,000 to be in­cluded for Hon­goeka’s marae gateway and coastal track projects.

Mean­while, $20,000 is ear­marked to­wards ero­sion con­trol at Dolly Var­den fore­shore, safety mea­sures cost­ing $20,000 at the Pau­ata­hanui School bus bay, $40,000 on a Ara Harakeke Path­way ex­ten­sion at Pukerua Bay, $40,000 to­wards Ranui’s spa­tial plan, and $20,000 for the south­ern sec­tion of the Ti­tahi Bay beach walk­way.

At the Vil­lage Plan sub­com­mit­tee meet­ing last Thurs­day oun­cil­lor Bron­wyn Kropp queried whether the Ara Harakeke Path­way ex­ten­sion was a way of ‘‘get­ting a foot­path im­prove­ment on the books’’, but was told by coun­cil of­fi­cers it was ac­tu­ally a widen­ing and im­prove­ment project.

Kropp said Pukerua Bay had a lot of carry over items each year and some of the bud­get items needed more clar­ity.

‘‘I love vil­lage plan­ning, but it could be bet­ter.’’

The re­port to coun­cil­lors said fur­ther fo­cus should be given to­wards en­gag­ing with the com­mu­ni­ties of Wai­tan­girua, Can­nons Creek and Els­don, when it came to vil­lage plan­ning.

The three sub­urbs had $38,000 to share for projects, but noth­ing had been as­signed as yet.

None of the sub­urbs had a for­mally recog­nised res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion, although Wai­tan­girua had a community group that met reg­u­larly.

Cather­ine Kelly from Whi­tireia New Zealand talks to Julee Mamea and Maria Sa­gaga at JobFest in Porirua

Pukerua Bay’s Ara Harakeke Path­way is set for an up­grade.

Alex Awa­tere from Aotea Col­lege with Flight Sergeant Isaac Hast­ings.

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