Porirua suburbs set for upgrades
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.