Porirua schools pitch ideas to the coun­cil

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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.’’

More pic­tures, Page 17

AN­DREW STRUGNELL

Porirua School pupils Rose­marie Valach and Seren­ity Martin speak to the coun­cil.

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