Kapi-Mana News : November 29th 2011
7 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2011 29 November 2011 CITY CENTRE REVIEW FOCUSES ON WATERFRONT Proud Pou Two stunning pou will stand proud near the entrance to Takapuwahia next month. The stainless steel and wood pou have been designed by Ngati Toa Rangatira carver Tana Salzmann and depict the prows (Tauihu) and stern (Taurapa) of a waka. The work has been funded through Coun- cil's Villages Planning Programme and the Takapuwahia community have been closely involved in the design and development of the pou. hassles and the group can chat with each other as they go. The group's next event will be Para- paraumu entertainers and singers Operatunity's Christmas special, "An Olde Fashioned Christmas". "Also put a ring around Monday 19 December for our lovely, luxurious, lively lip-smacking The Porirua waterfront is earmarked as a key focus for future development in recommendations fol- lowing a review into the City Centre Revitalisation project. Mayor Nick Leggett says he's excited about devel- oping the city's point of difference. "For too long we've turned our backs on the harbour and we need to reorient the city -- that's where the interest is and where private developers see the potential for future development. We've also got to get people living in the inner city." However, Mayor Leggett says the immediate priority is to form a governance group and select a project management group to work with the Council to implement the project. Wellington Waterfront Limited, who was engaged to do the review, is experienced in transforming public areas using a private/public development mix, he says. "I've always said the Council can't make this kind of change by itself, we will spend the money if the private sector puts its hand in its pocket. The private sector needs to invest as well -- it isn't something we can do by ourselves." Suggestions from the review include continuing to work with Kiwi Income Property Limited on the future development of North City Shopping Centre, enhancing the Saturday morning market, improv- ing way-fnding around the city and investigating potential market demand and developer interest in residential accommodation. When Mana resident Pat Brocklebank retired a few years ago - life didn't slow down. Instead she got involved in new things like helping with Council's community programme, the Lifetimers Leisure Club. Pat organises trips and visits for the city's older residents to places of interest in the Wellington region and beyond. Gardens, historical sites, pleas- ant walks, museums and exhibitions have been investigated, explored and enjoyed by the group. Showtime with the Lifetimers includes a movie, theatre, play, ballet or musical. The travel in a van driven by Pat, or by chartered bus, so there's no parking Lifetimers Christmas Lunch," says Pat. An Olde Fashioned Christmas: Tuesday 13 December, 10am to 2pm. $36 for Lifetimers, $40 for non-members. For more information phone the Community Recreation staff at Te Rauparaha Arena on 04 237 1521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership costs just $8 for 6 months or $15 per year. The council has started reviewing the city's Long Term Plan (LTP) and your views are going to be even more important than ever. "Liketherestoftheworld-weareallfacingfnancial pressures and this means we have to do some things differently," says Mayor Nick Leggett. "We are serious about keeping rates as low as possible for our residents. To do this the Council is looking at staying within a strict funding envelope. However, this will have some fow-on effects and we are working through those options now." Options could include having more shared services and regional partnerships, reducing levels of service and fnding new revenue sources. The Council has agreed on a Vision Statement that will guide priorities for the next three years. The vision focuses on Porirua being a growing city of villages, with a healthy harbour, that offers great experiences. Based on these priorities, the Council is now looking at all the activities it provides to the city to help decide which services are critical and which less so. "This is no easy feat ... but we are working to come to the community early next year with a clear picture of where we stand, so that residents have plenty of time to discuss their views with us leading into formal consultation in April." The Council is expanding the ways it engages with the com- munity using Facebook, Youtube, "cottage" and other com- munity--based meetings along with the usual channels like our website and resident newsletter City Focus. We'll keep you posted every step of the way and hope you will get involved and help us make the best decisions for the future of our city. Planning for the future Council Activities A LIFETIME'S LEISURE A recent open day at Karehana Park enabled Plimmerton residents to view displays with options for the future development of the park. Council parks and landscape staff were on hand to talk through the ideas which included more seating, bet- ter shade, a small orchard and area of na- tive planting, friendly pathways. Water Supply • Water Services & Demand Management Solid Waste • Recycling & Waste Minimi- sation •L a n d fll Management • Rubbish Collection • City Cleaning Strategy & Planning • Strategic & Community Policy • Environment & City Plan- ning • Harbour & Catchments • Economic Development & Marketing Waste Water • Waste Water Management • Waste Water Treatment Plant Stormwater • Stormwater Management Environment & Regulatory Ser vices • District Plan Administra- tion & Monitoring • Building Compliance • Environmental Standards • Animal Control Transport • Transportation Manage- ment • Transport Facilities Community & Leisure Services • Arts & Heritage • Library Services • Community Recreation Programmes • Indoor Recreation • City Landscape • Sports Fields & Outdoor Courts • Cemeteries & Crematorium In your village... High level activities the Council needs to prioritise for the 2012-22 LTP Pat and the team enjoyed a recent trip to Day's Bay browsing the shops and galleries followed by lunch in the Chocolate Dayz Café. Revamping Karehana Park To view options and have your say go to www.plimmerton.org.nz.
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