Porirua City Council

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.