PORIRUA HARBOUR STRATEGY – WHERE IS IT AT?
The draft Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan was publicly released for comment at the end of August, and submissions closed at the end of September. We made the following brief submission.
Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet wish to indicate their wholehearted support for the concept, aims and objectives of the Strategy and for the general tenor of the Action Plan.
There are some issues within the Detailed Action Plan that we will raise once the Strategy is in place, but the three Councils are to be congratulated on the foci of the Strategy and on the breadth, depth and pragmatism of the suggested Actions.
Guardians are pleased to have been consulted and involved in the formation of the Strategy. We note that the Action Plan envisages a role for ‘hands on’ activities by community groups in the implementation of the Plan. We welcome this and assure you of our continued support for such activities.
Twenty-three written submissions were received and considered by a Joint Hearing Committee of delegates from the three councils and the Ngati Toa Runanga. The hearing committee’s report and recommendations are now before each council and the Runanga. It is hoped that the Strategy will be finalized in December and released early in the new year. This is good progress.
Seventeen submitters expressed strong support for the Strategy. Of the remaining six submissions, five were about single-issue concerns, and one was simply informational. There were no opposing submissions. Many constructive comments were made by submitters, and the Hearing Committee is recommending minor alterations, clarifications and additions that will improve the final document, but no substantive changes.
TRANSMISSION GULLY MOTORWAY PROPOSAL: A SURPRISE DEVELOPMENT
PHOTOCOMPETITION 2012 WILL AGAIN BE HELD IN MAY
Yes, we’re definitely doing it again. Holding this year’s competition in May rather than February worked very well, so we’re sticking with that timing. This means you can use the summer months to produce yet more wonderful illustrations of our beautiful Inlet. Details will be sent to you closer to the time.
INLET CLEAN-UP DAY: ANOTHER GREAT EFFORT
The annual clean-up was held on Sunday 20 November resulting in a truckload of rubbish being removed from the Inlet shore. The clean-up effort was once again well supported by the community with 65 volunteers taking part, including many families. The clean-ups are jointly organized by the Guardians and Keep Porirua Beautiful, with support from Plimmerton Rotary and Paremata New World. We hope you saw the KapiMana News articles about identical twins Emily and Isabelle Reid preparing their gumboots for their first clean-up, and mother-and-daughter pair Jacque and Kaitlyn Shailer having a well-earned sausage afterwards.
This was the twentieth time we have been involved. To get an idea of the positive impact of this activity, imagine what twenty truckloads of rubbish would look like.
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DID YOU SEE THE DOLPHINS?
During the weekend of 19 and 20 November a group of dolphins spent time in the entrance to the Inlet, providing a chance for many people to get a close look at these beautiful and fascinating creatures. Thanks very much to Donald Laing for allowing us access to his superb photographs.
Photo: Don Laing