Kapi-Mana News : February 26th 2013
7 KAPI-MANA NEWS, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 26 February 2013 Follow us on Facebook Parks week Get out and enjoy one of Porirua's 176 parks and reserves during Parks Week - Saturday 2 March until Friday 8 March. Parks Week is an annual fxture initiated by the Parks Forum aimed at highlighting the link between parks and health, both physical and mental. Porirua City Council has a raft of activities planned for Parks Week kicking off on Saturday 2 March with a Mayoral Walk at Bothamley Park as well as a beautifcation of the water- fall area in the Park led by Conservation Volunteer New Zealand. Reserves consultation We want you to get the most out of Porirua's many reserves -- including parks, sports grounds and open spaces. From late March, we will be seeking your views on reserve management. At the same time we will launch a great new interactive online map and reserve fnder - where you can check the details for your favourite reserves on the Council's website. Key consultation issues and timeline will be profled in the March City Focus. Prepare for the Ice Age Come along and catch up with all your favour- ites including Sid, Manny, Diego and Scrat. Ice Age 3 -- Dawn of the Dinosaurs -- is show- ing at Cannons Creek Park, on Friday 8 March at 6pm. Bring the kids, a picnic and a blanket and settle in for a great show. There will be free bouncy castles for the kids to enjoy. Contact Helen Brookes, ph 237 1517. Bike fundraiser Put Sunday 10 March in your calendar and sign up for the Hospi Bike Ride, a fundraising event for Wellington's sick kids. The family-focussed bike ride raises funds for Wellington Children's Hospital. It's being run solely in Porirua City -- in and around the grounds of Kenepuru Hospital. Previously the course ran from Kenepuru Hospital to Wel- lington Hospital. The event has four sections, to suit all ages and abilities. Go to www.hospibikeride.co.nz. Porirua Grand Traverse Register now for this year's Porirua Grand Traverse being held on Sunday 7 April. There are plenty of options for all ages and all abilities including the: ►Multisport/duathalon ►Mountain bike only ►Mountain run only ►World Vision fun run/walk ►Youth Challenge Go to www.pgt.org.nz. Rediscover some of your local parks, reserves and walkways during Parks Week. Extra watering restrictions look likely as Wellington's great summer continues. The latest regional weather fore- cast predicts little rain on the horizon for the next 14 days. The rivers that provide about two-thirds of the water supply for Porirua, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, and Wellington remain at low levels and are dropping -- so the next few weeks will be crucial for water supply. We need extra care from the community to keep water use to a minimum so we don't GET YOUR WALKING SHOES ON have to ask for a ban on gar- den sprinklers and irrigation systems. Water saving tips: ► Use a fow control trigger on hoses ► Target watering close to the ground, at a rate the soil can absorb ► Put off non-essential outdoor jobs, like washing windows or the car, until autumn. For more water saving tips visit www.gw.govt.nz/water Take care with water Activities planned for the week include: Saturday 2 March: Bothamley Park Mayoral Walk - meet Champion Street car park, departs 3pm Saturday 2 March: Bank clean-up and new seating at the Bothamley Park waterfall - volunteers needed. Register at www.conservationvolunteers.co.nz Saturday 2 March: Battle Hill Farm Forest Park -- Past Present & Future with Greater Wellington - Departs 9.30 am, for more information phone 04 830 4041 Sunday 3 March: National Children's Day event -- "Treasure your Children" -- Aotea Lagoon 10am to 2 pm Monday 4 March: BodyPumpwithSheree-12.15pmto 1pm at Te Rauparaha Park Tuesday 5 March: HEHA Lite Pace Circuit with Siaosi -- Te Rauparaha Park -- 9.30am to 10.30am Wednesday 6 March: HEHA lunch Time Blitz with Siaosi -- Te Rauparaha Park - 12.15pm to 12.45 pm Thursday 7 March: Boxing4Fitness Circuit with Matt -- Te Rauparaha Arena - 12.15pm to 1pm. Friday 8 March: Haier Pulse Season Launch -- Te Rau- paraha Park -- (time to be advised) Volunteers get stuck in Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) is springing into action in Porirua during Parks Week. The organisation will be working in partnership with Porirua City Council and Keep New Zealand Beautiful to undertake environmental projects in the city. CVNZ will be involved in a variety of projects in Porirua City including plant- ing, beautifcation and beach clean ups. First on the list is cleaning up the area by the waterfall at the top of Bothamley Park and putting in seating so people can stop and enjoy the view. Interested in volunteering? Register at www.conservationvolunteers.co.nz. The annual Whitby Walkfest is all set to go on Sunday 24 March. This free, family event involves walkers armed with maps heading out on a voyage of discovery around Whitby's 12 kms of walkways. The festival aims to raise aware- ness about the many walkways through Whitby, plus the marvel- lous views and natural terrain and wildlife walkers can enjoy. The Walkfest will run from 12pm to 3pm, with walkers reporting to the headquarters at St Mary's Church, by the Whitby shops on Discovery Drive. Stopping to admire the view out over Pauatahanui Inlet.
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