Porirua schools pitch ideas to the council
Good water management was a common theme flowing through the submissions from Porirua schools during the 2017 Annual Plan hearings in the Council Chambers on May 16 and 17.
Students from Adventure School, Plimmerton School, Titahi Bay School, Rangikura School, Porirua School, Brandon Intermediate, and Samuel Marsden Whitby were buzzing after presenting their submissions to the mayor and councillors.
Adventure School rated water supply, wastewater management and treatment and stormwater management as the most important council services. ‘‘These services affect everyone. We need to keep our environment clean and safe for people, plants and animals, both now and in the future,’’ they said.
Titahi Bay and Porirua schools both submitted on stormwater and emergency management, with Titahi Bay School rating having a ‘‘safe city that doesn’t flood so schools close’’ as the most important service. Having a clean water supply was important to Rangikura School ‘‘because we need clean water to survive’’.
Samuel Marsden Whitby students Isabelle Evans and Tannith Potgieter’s submission focused on having a robust wastewater system. ‘‘There are a lot of new housing develop- ments in Aotea and Whitby and we need to know that there’s capacity in the stormwater and sewerage system to handle these,’’ Isabelle said.
Rangikura, Porirua and Adventure schools and Samuel Marsden Whitby also submitted on the Waste Minimisation Plan and agreed with the Porirua city’s target of reducing landfill waste by one-third by 2020.
Their ideas to achieve this included promoting recycling, freecycling events, school talks on reducing waste, making better use of Trash Palace, changing the names of second-hand shops, education for older people and composting of food scraps.
Porirua mayor Mike Tana said it was inspiring to see so many schools coming along to the council chamber to talk about their submissions.
’’I am especially heartened by the importance they place on looking after the environment and protecting the city from flooding and stormwater management. Last year’s events showed students why we need to get this right.
‘‘Porirua communities have been working with the council and councillors to improve our waterways, with hands-on activities like Aotea Lagoon and harbour cleanups.’’
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Porirua School pupils Rosemarie Valach and Serenity Martin speak to the council.