Kapi-Mana News : February 26th 2013
6 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 City Focus The discussion and debate on Local Government reform in the Wellington region is about to move to the next level. Porirua City has been an active participant of this process for over two years, adher- ing to the principle that if change was inevitable, we wanted to be at the table to infuence it. We have attempted to keep the Porirua community aware of what was happening at all times, and I'm pleased to say we have had positive buy-in from residents on both sides of the argument. The time for decisions is fast approaching. The Government, through legislative changes, has made amalgamations of councils easier and there are councils in other parts of New Zealand who are actively pursuing change. Porirua City Council joined with the Greater Welling- ton Regional Council to commission an independent report led by Sir Geoffrey Palmer, to examine the case for change and make recommendations about how a transition might occur and what a new structure might look like. This is the most comprehensive infor- mation relating to the Wellington region that exists. Since the end of 2012 Porirua City has been actively engaged with Wellington City, Kapiti Coast and the regional council in an informal working party, aim- ing to develop some clear options for change that the community can comment on - for or against - or make changes to. If the community gives us positive feedback we may adopt that as an application for change to the Local Government Commission along with other councils in the region.Nick Legget -what do Reform in the region There's been a lot of interest from you about how to protect our city's green ecosystems and habitats. The Council, by law, has to review the management of signifcant vegetation in the city. Last year we contacted affected landowners to hear what they think is important and we've had quite a bit of feedback. Thanks! However, it's become clear that some people are a bit confused about the process so we want to clarify a couple of things. PROTECTING OUR GREEN SPACES Finding a loved one at Paua- tahanui Burial Ground just got easier, with the introduction of new signage and markers. Visitors can now familiarise themselves with the layout and the location of the plots from the information on the new sign at the entrance. Letters have been carved into black granite plaques installed on each row to coincide with the entrance sign. There are also fve coloured granite poppies located alongside the plaques of fve soldiers who lost their lives in Eu- rope during the First World War. Still to come are interpretive plaques on four graves which Rest in Peace at Pauatahanui An army of young litter fghters is sweeping across Cannons Creek cleaning up as it goes. The Cannons Creek Opportunity Centre has co-opted a team of young helpers to help rid Cannons Creek Lakes and Cannons Creek Park of litter. The funds contributed by Porirua City Council for the clean-up are being used to pay for a sports trainer to help the young people play better sport. Throughout Porirua City individuals and organisations are taking ad- vantage of similar litter partnership opportunities to fundraise for their organisation. Other contributors include Earthlink Inc, Porirua Vikings Rugby League Community Club and the Whitby Scouts, to name a few. for city litterchampions Win/win advice and assistance with restoration and pest management. So where to from here? We received feedback from about 130 affected landowners on a draft plan change document circulated prior to Christ- mas and this is now being analysed. Some landowners have also asked the Council to visit their properties to learn more. The fndings will be presented to the Council in May and they will decide what changes need to be made and when for- mal consultation with everyone on a draft Vegetation Review will take place. WOW! The Council is again actively seeking feedback from resi- dents about whether they are happy with its services, facilities and performance. "It is important to us that we have accurate and up to date information on how current services are regarded," says Chief Executive Gary Simpson. "The best way to ob- tain this is to interview a representative cross-section of people, and to have this done by an independent group to ensure impartiality." Interviewing is being conducted by National Research Bu- reau (NRB). It started on Friday 15 February and should be completed by the middle of March. Residents from throughout the City will be randomly se- lected and contacted by a door-to-door interviewer, and asked their opinions on the services the Council delivers to the residents of the City. The survey is totally confdential, and results will form part of the Council's formal reporting. They are also a critical ingredient in planning for further improvements to Council's delivery of services. think? you We will keep you posted! IT'S SURVEY TIME Firstly, it is very early days in the pro- cess -- we are currently sharing draft ideas, and will be taking into account what affected landowners tell us. Less than 10% of landowners in Porirua are affected by any proposal for vegetation management and Porirua's "habitat type" is rare in New Zealand. We know you value these amenity areas highly, and they are also ecologically signifcant. The review will lead to a change in the District Plan to provide more appropri- ate, targeted protection for our city's important green sites. Council is also looking to offer specialist support, Many hands make light work as young helpers clean up Cannons Creek Park and Lakes. will start to tell the stories of those buried there, and thus some of Pauatahanui's story. The project was driven by volunteer burial ground managers Rosemary Patterson, Sharon Evans, Peter Rutledge and Andrew Henderson and the granite plaques were donated by Lyndi and Ganesh Cherian of Glover Memorials. Newly installed signage and row markers make locating a loved one much easier.
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