Kapi-Mana News : August 30th 2011
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, AUGUST 30, 2011 PORIRUA HARBOUR AND CATCHMENT Joint initiative on harbour restoration a big leap forward The collaboration reflects the recognition of the area's importance to the region, says Greater Wellington Regional Council Chairperson Fran Wilde. "The area around the harbour is the major gateway to Wellington, and where 50% of the regions's growth will occur over the next two decades." The document has strong backing from local manawhenua, Ngati Toa Rangatira. "The health and sustainability of Porirua Harbour and our natural environment is a matter of vital importance to Ngati Toa Rangatira and all people within our local and extended communities," says A unique collaboration The Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan provides a blueprint for councils and other agencies to work together with a common goal to improve the health of Porirua Harbour and its waterways. "This is a unique collaboration and partnership between three councils, iwi and other key local agencies and organisations," says Porirua City Mayor Nick Legget. "Porirua Harbour is a natural treasure -- a unique and beautiful environment that would be the envy of many cities around the world," he says. r The Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan was released for public submissions by 30 September 2011. Truly something to celebrate, this document sets in place partnerships and plans to clean up Porirua Harbour, from current initiatives through to the next decade. D T poriruaharbour andcatchment STRATEGY+ ACTION PLAN A healthy harbour and waterways He whanga i whakaora ake inga waie rere nei PORIRUA HARBOUR AND CATCHMENT Strategy and Action Plan August 2011 Te Runanga O Toa Rangatira Chairman Te Ariki Wineera. Wellington city manages a significant area of the harbour's catchment, and is actively engaged in the initiative, says Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. "We are already addressing sediment, water quality and infrastructure issues in the upper 70% of the Porirua Stream, which is within the city's northern boundary." Targets and actions The Porirua Harbour Strategy sets a number of actual targets for environmental outcomes that are clear and measurable. This is a New Zealand first for such a document, says Porirua Harbour Strategy Coordinator Keith Calder. "Previously, targets have been generalised, more high-level and less amenable to scrutiny by the community and interested agencies. "For example, we have a goal of reducing sedimentation rates in the harbour to 1mm per year. This is ambitious, but achievable with the plans we have in place." This confidence comes from the fact that the document does much more than set targets -- it provides a range of initiatives to achieve them, all agreed to by the document partners. "The Action Plan has activities that focus on each of three main objectives: reducing sedimentation rates; reducing pollutant inputs; and assisting ecological restoration,' says Keith. "This document is the first of its kind to specify how we will tackle the challenges facing Porirua Harbour and catchment. It is something we can all be proud of. Yet this is just the beginning." NICK LEGGETT Mayor, Porirua City AT HOME • Wash your car on the grass • Dispose of paint, solvents and other chemicals down the sink or onto grass • Dispose of your rubbish in proper places • Recycle used motor oil -- take it to your local garage or tip • Paint galvanised roofing • Plant trees and shrubs • Join a local environment group, or a planting or clean-up day AT WORK • Develop a 'site management plan' to avoid polluted or sediment-laden run-off and litter issues • Avoid vehicle wash water going into drains • Paint galvanised roofing • Promote environmental awareness among staff or clients GENERAL • Avoid putting chemicals and sediment into drains or the gutter. Street drainage goes untreated into streams and the harbour and is a source of harbour pollutants. • Consider painting any exposed galvanised roofing or using a pre-coated roofing material. Unpainted roofs are a major source of the ecotoxin zinc. Roof water drains to the stormwater system and into our streams and harbour. • Report any pollution or sediment incidents. If you observe or accidentally cause an incident call the 24-Hour Environment Hotline 0800 496 734. Greater Wellington Regional Council will respond. They have the authority to stop polluters and also have the expertise and equipment to clean up pollutants. PROTECT YOUR HARBOUR...
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