Council make savings as emissions cut

Council make savings as emissions cut

Porirua City Council has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its properties by more than a third since 2012, saving more than $3 million in the process. 

A concerted effort from Council’s Property team has cut the greenhouse gas emissions footprint through an effective carbon/energy management programme, and more efficient lighting across the city.


“There was a series of projects to cut energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions everywhere possible,” says Mike Evans, General Manager Infrastructure. 

“We’re delighted to see these numbers as it has been a consistent effort from our Property team, who continue to make savings for Council.”

Litter survey helps shape project to tackle harbour rubbish

Litter survey helps shape project to tackle harbour rubbish

The thousands of pieces of litter collected during a survey of Porirua’s harbour area is helping to shape a major new programme to tackle the problem of harbour pollution. 

As part of their visit to Wellington for the Aspiring Leaders’ Forum, a group of 150 young people aged between 18 and 30 recently helped to collect and survey the amount of rubbish entering Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour.

Bilingual signs for Porirua

Porirua City is implementing bilingual signage to reflect our commitment to te reo Māori and the importance of our mana whenua. 

Porirua is a proudly multicultural city and our new signs will better reflect this, says Porirua City Council Chief Executive Wendy Walker. 

“Te reo Māori is a taonga, and we want to play our part in celebrating and revitalising that,” she says. 

“We have chosen to embrace te reo with confidence. We are committed to building a bilingual community – te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand and should be recognised.” 

Bilingual signs are also in line with the city’s longstanding relationship and partnership with Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and kaumatua Taku Parai welcomed the move.  

“Bringing te reo to our city signage shows a commitment to preserving and honouring the language and making it part of the city’s future,” he said. 

Ms Walker says she hopes other councils will take similar steps and embrace bilingual signage.  

“We believe this move has value for all residents and visitors. By bringing Māori language into our everyday lives, we help those less familiar with it gain confidence, as well as recognising those who already speak te reo.” 

A set of guidelines have been developed to shape how the new signs will be implemented.  The guidelines are clear that all signs will be consistent, with te reo Māori text first.  

“This approach follows the best practice recommended by Te Puni Kokiri,” Ms Walker says. 

In preparing the signs we use specialist translation services and liaise with Ngāti Toa kaumatua.

A graduated rollout is in place, with new signs only being installed when existing signs need to be replaced. 

Residents can expect to see signs popping up around the city soon at Te Rauparaha Arena - Arena Aquatics, Hukatai Park, Mungavin Park & Hall, Ngāti Toa Domain, Porirua Park, Titahi Bay and Whitby Village.

-Porirua City Council

Guardianship at the heart of new exhibition

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The close connection between people and nature is the subject of a new solo exhibition on now at Pātaka Art + Museum. 

Essence of This Land is the latest exhibition from upcoming, two-time Friends of Pātaka Arts Awards winning painter Alicja Gear, and is on now until August 11. 

The Plimmerton artist had previously won the People’s Choice Award and the Jane Hyder Painting Award at the community arts awards. 

Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open. 

Gear said the paintings, of locations around the Pauatahanui Inlet, represented her deep feelings about the natural world around us.  

“I feel really strongly about how we look after mother earth and our relationship with her, the concept of kaitiaki and guardianship, and our role in that. 

“These paintings aren’t an exact representation of each place around the inlet, but rather the feelings those spaces evoke in me, in a positive way.  

“When I feel a strong emotional response to something I like to capture that in my painting because I think it can evoke a strong emotional response in others, that’s how I am reminding people of our connection to the land, how important it is.” 

Gear said that there was a “lot of me” in the paintings in the exhibition. 

She said the different sizes of canvasses she had used had also allowed her to explore the main themes of the exhibition in different ways.  

“The sense of scale in the artworks on display also varies quite a bit, I have done two paintings of two metres by one-and-a-half metres.  

“I love painting large scale, you can do so many things on that level that you can’t with a smaller work, you can get a full body movement behind the brushwork.”   

Gear said basing the exhibition around the inlet was an idea that had come out of the first time she had exhibited at Pātaka, as one of the artists who was part of the Four Women Who Paint exhibition. 

“For Four Women Who Paint, we all painted one patch of common ground around the inlet, that idea basically led on to the series of artworks in this exhibition.” 

Pātaka Curator Community Exhibitions, Emma Kitson, said the exhibition was from an artist who was going from strength to strength. 

“Alicja’s star continues to rise, from twice walking away as a winner at the Friends of Pātaka Art Awards to being a part of the “Four Women Who Paint” exhibition, and now this awesome solo show. 

“We are delighted to support such a fantastic local artist by hosting her amazing exhibition, which reminds us all of the close relationship we have with our natural environment.”


Porirua Playwright latest to be celebrated on Writer’s Walk

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A scenic walk that celebrates the rich legacy of writers and playwrights from around Porirua is about to take a step closer to completion. 

The Writers’ Walk is a project to enhance the pathway skirting the edge of Wineera Drive and Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour, with sculptures celebrating the city’s rich writing history. 

On Saturday the fourth sculpture along the route, a tribute to New Zealand poet, playwright and novelist Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, will be unveiled.  

It reflects the themes of waka and ocean passage. 

The sculpture has been brought to life thanks to a joint project between Porirua City Council and the Porirua Community Arts Council (PCAC). 

The Council has provided the essential engineering, manufacturing support and part finance for the project, as part of the Annual Plan.  

Pātaka Director Reuben Friend says the sculpture is another step towards completing a project that is a great addition to the cultural landscape of Porirua. 

“Porirua’s arts and culture scene continues to go from strength to strength, as the city’s reputation as a destination grows across the region and nationwide. 

“This project adds to that reputation, by providing visitors with a unique insight into the strong arts and culture heritage of Porirua. 

“It also reflects the commitment of both the Council and the city’s arts community to recognise and bring Porirua’s rich history of the written word to the fore.” 

Village Projects Coordinator Bill Inge says Council has contributed around $22,000 of the $50,000 budget for the sculpture, with PCAC raising the rest.  

He says the Council’s involvement with and support for the project reflected its commitment to meeting one of its strategic priorities, Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour. 

“The Writers’ Walk is a great community resource, and sitting as it does right next to our harbour helps to highlight the important role it has to play in the life of our city. 

“As a Council it’s been great to be able to support a project that brings the harbour and the vibrant culture of Porirua together in such a beneficial and productive way.” 

The sculpture was designed by PCAC member Michael Bennington, and will be officially opened on Saturday 13 July at 8.30am.


Porirua painter encourages artists to enter city art awards

Porirua painter encourages artists to enter city art awards

An upcoming Porirua painter who has seen her star rise thanks to the Friends of Pātaka Art Awards is encouraging budding artists to enter. 

Entries are now open for the annual art awards, that throws the spotlight on the work of local artists with connections to Porirua. 

The six categories are open to any original artwork in any medium completed in the last 12 months, by any artist living, working or studying in Porirua City.

Porirua moves with the changing world

Climate change and the effect on Porirua’s communities is the focus of Te Ao Hurihuri (the changing world).

Climate change and the effect on Porirua’s communities is the focus of Te Ao Hurihuri (the changing world).

Porirua City Council is developing a strategy, Te Ao Hurihuri (the changing world), to address the effects of climate change on the city, with community engagement a vital part of the process. 

There was a packed public gallery at last night’s Council meeting and oral submissions, including two from Aotea College students, asked councillors to declare a climate emergency.  

Councillor ‘Ana Coffey had a notice of motion on the agenda to support Porirua’s rangatahi in declaring a climate emergency.  

“It’s important we listen to the rangatahi of our city who want action on this issue,” she said. 

“We have amazing young people in Porirua who are articulate and smart and I acknowledge their leadership, both at last night’s meeting, but in general. 

I am very pleased to be able to support them, and other members of the community wanting action on climate change. This declaration sets the scene for the next Council to take this matter seriously and that Te Ao Hurihuri and other policies reflect this greater emphasis on climate change.” 

Nicola Etheridge, General Manager Policy, Planning and Regulatory Services, said climate change experts agree that we can expect warmer sea temperatures, sea level rise and more regular heavy rain events. These will result in an increase in slips, floods, coastal erosion and other issues across our city. 

“It’s been made clear in earlier consultation that our people value the land and the sea, and want to see it protected for future generations, she said. 

“We want to acknowledge how vested our rangitahi are in this topic, because it will be their generation that most feels the effects of climate change. 

“We will do our best to give them a strong voice as Te Ao Hurihuri is developed.” 

The principles of the strategy are being progressed in conjunction with other Council work. 

“At a regional level we are member of the Wellington Region Climate Change Working Group, which is looking at both climate change mitigation and adaptation across the region, but it’s time we have our own firm principles, directions, and carry out engagement with our community on climate change at the local level,” said Ms Etheridge. 

“One of the key principles from our recently released Growth Strategy was ‘A resilient city’ – we want Porirua to be ready and willing to adapt to the effects of climate change. This is our Council being responsible to its residents, preparing our communities to be resilient.” 

Porirua City’s draft District Plan is expected to be released later this year and as part of this review, extensive work has been done with the community on coastal hazards, flood impacts, sea level rise, multi-modal transport and urban growth. 

Incorporating the principles of the Growth Strategy and draft District Plan will be important as Te Ao Hurihuri is progressed. 

The Council will be listening to and developing the principles with the community, Ms Etheridge said. 

“Our councillors have told us that the values of our community must be present in this strategy, so we will welcome the public’s input from the outset. 

“We have the time, and we want to get this right.” 

Over the coming months, detailed planning will be completed, with some early engagement and promotion of the strategy included in our next coastal hazards workshops in coastal communities in late July. These workshops will be led by coastal hazard expert Jim Dahm, who will present draft coastal hazard maps and discuss potential management approaches.  

Formal consultation on Te Ao Hurihuri is likely to take place early next year.

-Porirua City Council

Matariki set to shine in Porirua

Music, movies, markets and more will help mark Matariki 2019 in Porirua City. 

A wide range of city events at Te Rauparaha Arena, at Pātaka and across Te Manawa will offer something for everybody during June and July. 

Council Manager Events Helen Brookes says the city will come alive with the sights and sounds of Matariki celebrations. 

“This year’s wide range of Matariki events are a time for us to come together as a community and share in the joy of this significant time of year. 

“From storytelling with our Ngāti Toa Kaumatua, and the colour, music and dance of a regional polyfest, to the traditional feel of a drive-in movie, and a special event exploring the stars – there is so much great stuff to enjoy.” 

Matariki – the Māori New Year – gets underway on June 27 with a special Matariki Night Market.  

Bring your whānau and gather around a fire pit under the stars to hear traditional stories from Ngāti Toa.

The celebrations kick into higher gear on 28 June with a host of special events across Porirua.  

The Northern Regional Polyfest will bring the sights and sounds of the Pacific to Te Rauparaha Arena.

A special Matariki experience will come to the city when the inflatable Discovery Dome comes to the Porirua Kennel Club. 

The dome is an amazing opportunity for children and families to navigate the stars, hear an exploration of the how the universe was created, as well as an explanation of the seasons, food harvesting, navigation and traditional Māori folklore of the stars. 

Le Moana dance will also light up Te Rauparaha Arena with a special intimate performance.  

The fun tradition of the drive-in movie will roll in to Porirua on 4 July with a special screening on the much-loved hit film Moana at the Porirua Kennel Club.  

A more up-to-date celebration on the same day will be the Whawhai o Nga Whetu E-Sport expo at Te Rauparaha Arena, hosted by Arepa Gamers Club. Take on your friends and play a variety of popular online video games. 

For more details check out our Facebook page or the events section at

-Porirua City Council