Plimmerton neighbourhood information
Welcome to Plimmerton's neighbourhood section. If you are new to Plimmerton or need a handy reference of local information, here are some things that might be useful to know.
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Shopping or looking for a local business - find it in our business pages.
Scenes of Summer 2013 at Karehana Bay - Photos by John Chipper
See our business directory Accommodation page for a complete list.
There are several different styles of accommodations to choose from. You can select from a list that includes a backpackers, a motel with individual units, or bed and breakfast. Take the time to select the right place for you.
“Troubled by someone’s drinking......Al-Anon can help”. We hold open meetings in the library at Plimmerton School at 9am every Saturday morning phone 389 2103. There are meetings also at Porirua and Tawa.
Please see the Al-Anon website for more helpful information.
Enjoy some art and culture at one of these art galleries or museums, or you can even try drawing or painting with the Mana Arts Society:
- Mana Arts Society located at Plimmerton Domain, State Highway 1, Plimmerton. Contact John on 232 8193.
- Bay Gallery located at 4 School Road, Plimmerton. Call Daphne on 233 9776.
- Emerging Light Gallery located at 15b Steyne Avenue (Remax building). Contact Michael Bennington 027 463 7678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures is dedicated to celebrating NZ heritage and specialises in showcasing Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international contemporary art and culture. Located at corner Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua. Opening hours Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm and Sunday 11am – 4.30pm. Call for more details on 237 1511.
- The Richard Young Gallery located at Bay Gallery, 4 School Road, Plimmerton. Contact Richard 021 0845 7322.
- Visit our Artist pages.
|Before heading out to enjoy the water please check metservice weather and be prepared.|
With the weather warming up, it's nearly time for a dip at your favourite beach or river swimming hole.
Update posted 5 December 2013
Water quality warnings for Plimmerton Beach
Signage is about to be placed around the Taupo Stream area on Plimmerton beach to ask parents to keep children away from the stream outlet as high coliform counts make the area unsafe.
Investigations are ongoing to locate and then remediate the source of this pollution.
Jenny Brash from Greater wellington Regional Council advises, “Many of our streams go through built up areas and swamps on their way to our beaches. These can become polluted on their way by farm animals, birds, stormwater and other waste. Both GWRC and PCC monitor these streams and beach outlets regularly and information about water quality is on both council’s websites.
Do take care when swimming at our beaches particularly 2-3 days after rain. Please keep children away from stream outlets which are likely to be polluted. Reminder signs will be placed around these areas.
Plimmerton Residents’ Association will be inviting Greater Wellington Regional Council and PCC specialists to one of the first meetings in 2014 to ensure that this situation is being resolved.
Posted 5 December - Cr Tim Sheppard reminds us about storm drains
Why be concerned about storm water pollution prevention?
What types of pollutants contaminate storm water runoff?
What can be done to prevent storm water pollution?
In summary, only clean rainwater (with the exception of some permitted discharges) can be discharged to a storm drain. All work, construction, cleaning and other activities conducted outdoors must be carried out in a way that prevents wastewater and contamination such as trash, debris, dirt, construction materials and hazardous materials from entering storm drain systems.
But if there's been a downpour, Greater Wellington Regional Council advises people to wait for at least 48 hours after heavy rain before taking a dip.
"It pays to be careful for the first two days after heavy rain as the rainfall can wash contaminants from agricultural and urban areas into our waterways and coasts," Greater Wellington Environmental Monitoring and Investigations Manager Ted Taylor.
During the bathing season (from mid November to the end of March) Greater Wellington, local councils and Regional Public Health, work together to monitor water quality at 21 river and 74 beach sites across the Wellington region.
Results are posted on Greater Wellington's website www.gw.govt.nz/on-the-beaches, using a traffic light system. The health risk is determined from the number of bacteria found in water samples. A green light is for go and means the health risk is low.
River users should also keep an eye out for potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), which may be prevalent during low river flows and warm temperatures. Blue green algae can be fatal to dogs and livestock if eaten, and can make humans sick. Algal cover is assessed weekly during summer at 21 popular river spots throughout the region.
Greater Wellington's Environmental Monitoring and Investigations Team, in association with Regional Public Health and local councils, uses a two-tiered warning sign system to advise river users of the risk from toxic algae.
A medium risk sign means users can still swim or walk their dogs but should keep an eye out for algal mats. A high risk sign means people should avoid contact recreation and dog walking in that part of the river.
The warning system is based on river bed coverage and algal mat exposure and follows the interim NZ Guidelines for Cyanobacteria in Recreational Fresh Waters.
More information about toxic algae, including pictures and current warnings, can be found at www.gw.govt.nz/toxic-algae. If you see any exposed or easily accessible algal mats, contact Greater Wellington, (04) 384 5708 or your local council's environmental health officer.
Enjoy your time at the beach.
All beaches in Plimmerton are alcohol-free zones and infringements should be reported to the police. See also dog exercise areas, for restricted summer hours for dogs on our beaches.
You must keep a good lookout at all times. It is
your responsibility to stay alert for other boats,
swimmers, dive boats, kayaks, hazards and
obstacles. Keep focused on the water ahead,
especially at speed. Listen as well as look.
- Within 200m of the shore
- Within 200m of a boat displaying a diver’s tag
- Within 50m of any other boat
- Within 50m of a person swimming
- On a power boat if any person has any part of their body outside the rails or edge of the deck.
The buoys at Karehana Bay and Plimmerton beaches mark the 200m line. If you see people breaking the law, call the Harbour Radio on 388 5470 with time, place and craft details.
For information about boating follow these links:
Plimmerton is one of the best wavespots for windsurfers in Wellington. Check out Wellington Windsurfing Association for more information about Plimmerton and other popular windsurfing spots around Wellington.
Plimmerton Kindy holds an annual mid-winter dip around June on the beach area closest to the Boating Club (Karehana Bay). Hot drink and food stalls are set up along the beach on the day to help you warm up on the inside after taking the freezing cold dip. So why not give it a go sometime if you’re feeling brave enough.
Bellyful a lifesaver - again. Story in Kapi-Mana News 22 April 2014 pg 13.
Porirua Bellyful has cooked its 3000th meal.
The meal recipient, Stephney Johnston, said Bellyful was a lifesaver after the recent birth of her daughter.
She had a caesarean section four weeks ago.
Her husband was given the task of looking after her, the new baby and their 5 year old son.
“You go from being fully functional to coming out and not being able to do a lot,” she said.
“It’s meant the world to us.”
Johnston said they had no family around, so the meals made a big difference.
Bellyful Porirua branch coordinator Rebecca Morahan said reaching the milestone was exciting for the volunteer organisation.
“It’s fantastic. It’s a real chance to take stock and realise how much volunteer work has been done,” she said.
The Porirua branch was started In 2011 and now has 25 volunteers.
It delivers 20 to 30 meals a month to families with a newborn or serious illness.
See our business directory Cafe and restaurants page for a complete list.
There are many cafes and restaurants to choose from in the area. A short drive or walk down Steyne Avenue and around to Ulric Street will reveal fish & chip shops, cafes, pizza, Indian, Chinese, and Polish food. Also, Mana Esplanade has good local pub food, pizza, cafes and takeaway shops.
Please do the right thing for our cats and our precious wildlife and our community. Birds and reptiles in our gardens and bush don't stand a chance against hunting moggies.
DOC has some excellent ideas to help us make our cats conservation friendly.
For a start: desex all cats (see link for services), feed them regularly so they don't hunt for food, put them in a cattery when you go away, feed cats before birds' active time at dusk and early morning, keep them inside at night, fit them with collars and bells to warn birds, put bird baths and feeders out of cat-reach.
Find out more about your pet cat - visit these links:
If you have a cat visiting your garden that you think may be abandoned please let us know email email@example.com. We will help locate the owner and or take the cat to the local vet for information.
SPCA desexing van returns to Porirua
The caravan will be on-site until mid-February. Make a booking by calling 389 8044.
There are two cemeteries in the local area:
- Whenua Tapu Cemetery – Airlie Road, Pukerua Bay
- Porirua Cemetery – Kenepuru Drive, Porirua
See Early Childhood Education which includes Playcentres, Kindergartens and Porse.
See also Plunket.
If you are a church-goer, here is a selection of churches to choose from in the area:
- Beachside Church - located at 6 Ulric Street (the old Salvation Army Church building). Services start 10am Sunday mornings, with full children's programme. See www.beachsidechurch.co.nz. Also great facility for hire. If you are a community group in need of a small or large meeting space (seating up to 100 people), please contact Keryn Martin 021 155 9013 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- St Theresa’s Catholic Parish – 210 St Andrews Road, Plimmerton. See www.plimmertoncatholic.org.nz for details.
- North Porirua Baptist Church - 20 Steyne Ave, Plimmerton. See www.npbc.org.nz for details.
- St Barnabas or Plimmerton Presbyterian Parish – 106a Mana Esplanade, Mana. See www.ppp.org.nz for details.
- St Andrew’s Anglican Church - 11 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton. New 3rd Sunday of the month intergenerational service starting 20 February 2011. See www.pauanglican.org.nz for details.
- St Alban's Anglican Church – State Highway 58, Pauatahanui Village. See www.pauanglican.org.nz for details.
- St Mark's Anglican Church - Rawhiti Road, Pukerua Bay. See www.pauanglican.org.nz for details.
- St Philip's Anglican Church - The Crescent, Paremata. See www.pauanglican.org.nz for details.
Project management roles for people outside the PRA executive committee.
We need people outside the committee to help with special tasks. You may have special interests or skills which can be used for the benefit of the community. You would not have to attend meetings (unless you want to) but would liaise through a committee member.
These are important projects and we need someone dedicated to each one to ensure progress. We work by building relationships with the agencies we engage with and try to be proactive and positive in all our dealings.
For home composting solutions please email Leanne Pelabon at email@example.com.
Read more about Mana Recovery.
Porirua City Council - Draft Annual Plan Summary 2014/15
You can find out the latest rates information by searching a property address on the Porirua City Council rates page on their website.
Reporting a problem to the Council
The Porirua City Council operates a Contact Centre which provides a professional and friendly first point of phone contact for council services which include issues or questions regarding any of the following:
- street lights
- vegetation clearing
- damaged or missing items
- blocked or leaking water pipes
- rubbish or recycling issues
You can request information about rates, building inspections, animal control, hall bookings and Gear Homestead bookings.
Call the Contact Centre on 237 5089 24 hours, seven days a week or email your enquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
See local Counselling services in our business pages.
Keep your family and property safe.
Safer Communities Together
NZ Police on Facebook
NZ Police on Youtube
Neighbourhood Support Newsletter .pdf crime stats for February 2014 posted 27 March 2014.
Photograph taken of rubbish dumped on Airlie Road sometime around 30 October - 1 November 2013.
The rubbish included several bags of carpet, a gold blind and several short thick plank lengths etc.
|November 2012 news from our community constable, Jonathan Westrupp: (posted 28 November 2012)|
|October 2012 news from our community constable, Jonathan Westrupp: (posted 25 October 2012)
The police would like more 111 calls reporting suspicious behaviour. Information regarding vehicle and registration number and descriptions of people behaving suspiciously. For example offenders may:
Please report all suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers website www.crimestoppers-nz.org
The website is anonymous, and Constable Jonathan Westrupp assures us that the information is investigated.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED AT THE WATERFRONT! (posted 25 October 2012)
Big Mac Slabs Furniture has recently refurbished a great deal of the furniture on the waterfront due to vandalism.
If you see people engraving the furniture - say something to them! It is NOT OK!
If you have a camera - take their picture and send it to us!
Residents and businesses of the community worked hard to get this furniture to make our town better and it is sad to see it being spoiled by a few people with no respect.
(posted 25 October 2012)
Can anyone identify these suspects for a burglary to Plimmerton Railway Station, Saturday afternoon / evening 20 October 2012?
If you have any information please contact Constable Jonathan Westrupp:
|Constable Jonathan Westrupp
Mana Community Constable
Porirua Community Base
Hartham Place South
PO Box 50027, Porirua
Phone: (04) 4390606 Fax: (04) 237 2139
To update you, an 18 year old male from Kapiti was arrested today (27 November 2012?) and has been charged with Burglary. This is in relation a door at Macks Track at Plimmerton Train Station being kicked in on 20 October 2012 and ice creams stolen.
Thank-you to the member of the public who provided a name to Police.
List your dance venues and classes (include photos) in our 'What to do in Plimmerton' Performance groups section. Try out one of these dance studios to get your body moving:
- Plimmerton School of Dance – see Performance groups.
- Tracey Odell School of Modern Dance - Porirua, 232 5840
- The Studio - George Nicholls, Titahi Bay, 970 1895 or 027 440 3755
- Extreme Dance Performance Centre - Porirua, 237 5662
- Hayley Johnson Academy Of Dancing - 209 Main Road, Tawa, 232 3144
- Polimia Poulopoulos Dance Academy - 55 Herewini St, Titahi Bay, 233 6568
- Springhill Academy of Dance - 91 Muri Rd, Pukerua Bay, Wellington
Phone: 04 239 9916
- Zone Dance Academy - 11 Mohuia Crescent, Elsdon, 235 9398
- Zumba – classes held in Whitby and Porirua. Check out their website Zumba to search on these locations for more specific venue, time and contact information.
- Sequence / New Vogue Social Ballroom Dancing for beginners. Every Thursday evening 7.45-9pm at the Papakowhai School Hall, call Sue 233 0344
- Ceroc Dance of Kapiti-Hutt
There are quite a few to choose from in the area so take your pick:
- See Community Dental Health in the Hutt for "Dental Bus" Brandon School
- A.G. Simpson – 105 Pope Street, Camborne, 233 8092
- Paremata Dental Surgery – 98 Mana Esplanade, Mana, 233 0747
- Mana Dental Surgery – 78 Mana Esplanade, Mana, 233 8829
- Papakowhai School Dental Clinic – Spey Place, Papakowhai, 233 9426
- Discovery School Dental Clinic – 75 Spinnaker Drive, Whitby, 234 7104
- Postgate School Dental Clinic – Staithes Drive, Whitby, 235 6542
Their website: www.doc.govt.nz/by-region/wellington-kapiti/
For information regarding dog owner responsibilities, including registration click here.
Find local dog services in the business section - click here.
Puppy socialisation classes
Titahi Bay Canine Obedience Club Sundays 11am - midday have started. Bring your pup along for some socialisation and obedience training. (Meet two of Plimmerton's newest little canine people Bertie the rough coated Jack Russell and Bruno the British Cocker Spaniel...both 18 weeks and raring to go. Older now since this posting) Registration for evening obedience classes for all dogs is 6pm 25 January at the clubrooms on Ngati Toa Domain. Just $65 a term.
Dog exercise areas
Council has approved specific areas within Porirua as exercise areas where you may exercise your dogs, provided they are under continuous control at all times. Popular and approved areas for your daily ‘walkies’ are the Camborne Walkway, Ngatitoa domain (foreshore area) and the Plimmerton domain. PCC has a list of areas approved for dog exercising.
Greater Wellington Regional Council advises people to wait for at least 48 hours after heavy rain before you or your dog go in the ocean for a dip. River users should also keep an eye out for potentially toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), which may be prevalent during low river flows and warm temperatures. Blue-green algae can be fatal to dogs and livestock if eaten, and can make humans sick. More information about toxic algae, including pictures and current warnings can be found at www.gw.govt.nz/toxic-algae.
Dogs on Plimmerton beaches ... where and when
Murray Chilcott, PCC’s chief dog wrangler, gives us the final word on dog exercise areas in Plimmerton for summer.
Dogs are allowed on the two beaches, Plimmerton Beach and Karehana Bay, before 10am and after 7pm from 1 November through to 31 March. This allows parents to run the family dog after dropping the kids off. Between 10am and 7pm no dogs are allowed on those two beaches.
Murray says, “All other coastal areas in Plimmerton can be used for exercising dogs off-lead all year round. South Beach, going south from the stream half way along Plimmerton Beach to the rocks, and Ara Harakeke walkway to Paremata are dog off lead exercise areas where families can play and swim with their dogs. Dogs must be under control at all times in all locations. The area from the Beach Road boat ramp around to Karehana Bay is also an off-lead exercise area. As is the coastline from Karehana Bay on around the coast. The map spells it out.”
(We need some clarification re the times)
Lenny tells his friends... dogs may be exercised on both Plimmerton and Karehana Bay Beach, except during the summer months starting 1 November through 31 March, then only outside the hours of 9am and 7pm. So get your owners out of bed for an early morning beach walk before 9am or later for a sunset walk after 7pm.
For a full council list of local dog exercise areas click here
Please pick up after your dog
Please pick up after your dog and put it in the bins. There are free bags in dispensers in Steyne Avenue, in Karehana Park and in Plimmerton domain.
If you notice that the dispensers are empty please email us at email@example.com and we will let our friendly council contacts know.
Dog owners who fail to pick up after their dog can be fined. Please notify the council on 237 5089.
Playcentres, Kindergartens and Porse see also Things for Kids to do page.
- Paremata Playcentre – Ngatitoa Domain, Mana, 233 9633
- Mana Early Learning Centre – 30 Marina View, Mana, 233 1233
- Plimmerton Kindergarten – Beach Road, 233 1027 Kindy's Mid-Winter Dip 2014.
- Plimmerton Playgroup - venue change - starting Friday 24th August - St Andrews Church Hall, 11 Steyne Avenue 9.15 - 11.15am. A fun playtime for pre-schoolers run by local parent volunteers every Friday morning during term time 9.15 - 11.15am. $3 per family, which covers morning tea for all children and their adult caregivers, and even includes freshly brewed coffee! Call Rebecca 233 6446.
- Sand Dunes Early Learning Centre - 5 Northpoint Street, Plimmerton, 233 8839
- PORSE Mana S1 - 15 Marina View, Mana, 233 0494
|Playgroups that meet every week during term time
Noah's Ark Cafe & Craft every Tues 9.15am - 11.15am at St Andrews
Plimmerton playgroup every Fri 9.15 - 11.15am
Noah’s Ark Cafe & Craft - Every Tuesday @ the Parish Centre 9.15am -11.15am. Tiny tots & toddler group with stories, song & craft; a chance for the littlies to be entertained & an opportunity for parents & care givers to catch up over a cuppa! No bookings necessary. Every Tuesday during term time! Koha donation. For further information please call 233 9781.
Plimmerton Playgroup. Change of venue - now at St Andrews Church Hall (formerly at Plimmerton Pavilion), 11 Steyne Avenue starting Friday 24th August 9.315 - 11.15am
For more information contact Melis on 027 661 1256
|More information click here - Elder Family Matters.|
For emergencies of crime happening now or has just happened call 111.
For non-emergencies of crime that has happened in the past and doesn’t require a quick police response, call 233 9780 or visit your local police station:
Community Constable, Shoreline Plaza, 105 Mana Esplanade
For children in an emergency - NZ Police has developed an interactive website for kids (5-10yr olds) to teach them what to do if they have to call 111 and ask police for help: www.buster.org.nz.
|More information regarding recent crime and updates from Constable Jonathan Westrupp.
To report any traffic incidents, call *555 using your cell phone. If you see any speeding or dangerous drivers you can report it to the police using their Online Community Roadwatch Report police road service. Our local police guarantee they will follow up all reported incidents.
Defibrillators can be life savers in the community
Story from Whitby Newsbrief December 2013 pg 17.
Each year more than 1000 New Zealanders will suffer a heart attack outside of hospital. Many of these people have no prior symptoms and get no warning, and less than 5-8 per cent will survive if they don't receive immediate treatment. Dialling 111 and performing CPR is not always enough to prevent death, however use of a defibrillator can increase the chance of survival by up to 40 per cent.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is designed to be easy to operate, with automated 'talking' instructions to help the user. They can be purchased through St John, who also supply the training.
Rotary Club of Plimmerton has raised funds for defibrillators in a number of locations - at Plimmerton on the wall outside The Big Salami; at Pauatahanui, on the Lighthouse theatre wall, and in Pukerua Bay on the wall outside the public toilets. Other units are available at Whitby New World, Pataka reception, and Mana Medical Centre, on the Esplanade.
Plimmerton Residents' Association chairman Colin Bleasdale said that the AED, valued at more than $2500, was a much needed resource. See the link above for a demonstration of how to use a defibrillator. Or a call to 111 in the event of an emergency will elicit simple instructions from the operator.
Whilst the Rotary Club provide the equipment and the lock box, there is a requirement that the unit is owned by the community, as in Pauatahanui. There it is in a locked box (with a key pad) on the wall by the Lighthouse Theatre. If needed, the code can be obtained from emergency services.
The Rotary Club of Plimmerton have provided several units, but other units are available at Whitireia, in the Porirua CBD, and in Judgeford, Pauatahanui and Titahi Bay golf clubs.
An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a type of life saving equipment used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It delivers a short, powerful electric shock to the heart, helping the heart to regain its natural rhythm. It is easy to operate, and emergency services will give step by step instructions over the phone if an emergency arises and there is no trained person available.
Locations of defibrillators: Watch video demonstration.
See our Civil defence section for information about large scale emergency responses.
There are many environmental community groups in Porirua City, find out what they do, and how to contact them and other relevant details by visiting PCC website environmental groups.
Or go directly to websites of several listed here:
- Greater Wellington Regional Council.
- Department of Conservation Kapiti Wellington. Click here for latest newsletter.
- Pukeura Bay website enviroment page. Click here.
- Friends of Mana Island (FOMI) - on this site or their's
- Green Bike Trust
- Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI) - on this site or their's
- Keep Porirua Beautiful (KPB)
- Friends of Maara Roa
- Nga Uruora - Kapiti Project
- Zealandia or on facebook.
See our business directory for a list of people in the area available for financial services. Financial services.
Preparing your financial survival kit. Story from Whitby Newsbrief, October 2013 pg 14. Financial Adviser Richard Myers writes exclusively for residents in Whitby, Pauatahanui, Camborne, Plimmerton, Mana and Paremata...
Natural disasters are unpredictable and in many cases can be life changing. The recent shakes have got us all talking about and actively putting our survival plans in place. And while our main emphasis is on preparing for the immediate survival of our families, for example meeting points, food and water, we shouldn't overlook our financial needs and possible financial issues we might face as soon as we've established that our loved ones in Whitby and beyond are okay.
Be prepared for the fact that banks could be disrupted, limiting access to cash. Government assistance, insurance, and other financial relief may not return you to the financial position you currently enjoy. Ultimately, you'll remain responsible for all your debts and other financial obligations, and as soon as disaster hits, you'll start to feel the pressure. However, it won't hurt as much if you are prepared.
Consider the following tips to help manage your financial situation:
Have spare keys cut and stored.
Most importantly - do it today and stay safe.
The Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade is located on Sunset Parade in Plimmerton. The brigade was established in 1934 and provides first response fire and rescue services to the communities of Plimmerton, Pukerua Bay, Camborne, and Mana, and also attends incidents throughout the Arapawa region as required. Their website is www.pvfb.org.nz
To contact us by phone, ring Senior Station Officer Dave Anderson at (04) 233 1659, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest news - posted 27 June 2013
The Fire Brigade has had a very busy time lately due to the recent storm on 20 June 2013. Twenty nine calls in 36 hours! The calls ranged from aerodynamic trampolines, felled trees, windows blown in/out, conservatory roofs, and probably the most serious events - power lines down causing mayhem and extreme danger. The Fire Brigade wants to thank those kind people who came to the station with homemade pies, muffins, cakes, coffee and many thank-you cards. This is really appreciated. We also attended to an oven fire and a washing machine fire during the storm.
Getting into the spirit of Christmas are, from left, Snr Firefighter Johnny Johnson, Rotarian Wendy Betteridge, Station Officer Tony Sutorius and Snr Station Officer Dave Anderson of the Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade who will be combing Whitby and around the inlet "tooting for tucker". Photo by Derek Paterson. Whitby Newsbrief, December 2012 pg 18.
The Brigade has had an eventful month. We attended a truck on fire at the SH1 weighstation recently in the early hours of the morning. The blaze was extinguished quickly but crews from Plimmerton and Porirua worked for an hour turning over the contents of the load. We also attended a four car accident at Pukerua Bay that furry barely did not result in any injuries.
Three Brigade members travelled to the City of Minoh near Osaka, Japan and were hosted by the Minoh Fire Brigade as part of a good will visit. A highlight of the trip was being taught how to tie their own rope harnesses before abseiling down a tower - a knot not to get wrong!
Older news from September 2012:
The Brigade is pleased to report that the proceeds from the Promenades Day are being used to fit out our logistics support van with a safety cage and customised equipment racks. The fit out will be complete this month and will help us to safely carry more gear.
The clocks change this month so it's time to also change and check smoke alarm batteries. We recommend a smoke alarm on each sleeping room and common spaces away from cooking and other fumes.
An important reminder from our Fire Brigade: "Insurance companies require you to have your chimney cleaned every twelve months. Bird nests and/or soot can build up in your chimney and can create a very costly exercise for you...and us."
The Plimmerton Fire Brigade has membership vacancies for willing members of the community living in the Plimmerton, Cambourne and Mana areas. We are particularly wanting to hear from local people who can be trained to respond as firefighters during weekdays. Please email email@example.com for more info or visit the fire station any Wednesday from 7.15pm.
New van on the road. "We have taken delivery of our new support vehicle thanks to all those who helped us fund raise especially Mana Lions, and you good people out there. Pub Charity, Lion Foundation and the Mana Community Grants Foundation... Thanks for your generosity to us." This will assist with training and logistics support.
There are some fantastic garden centres and florists in our local area. Try one of these:
- Black Rose Florist - at Palmers Lifestyle Centre 233 2140 see business page
- Leacroft Nursery – open 9am – 5pm daily, 169 Paekakariki Hill Road, (1.5km North of Pauatahanui Village) 237 9880
- Plimmerton Palmers Gardenworld – open 7 days from 8.30am, State Highway One, Plimmerton, 233 8902. There is also a Living HQ furniture store right next door.
- Placemakers Porirua - Titahi Bay Road, Porirua, 237 9189
- Sunny Lady Organic Gardens & Gorgeous Things - 30 Annan Grove, Papakowhai, 233 6690
- PowerGro Products - 6 Raiha Street, Elsdon, Porirua City, 237 7280
Porirua City Council (PCC) is taking action against tagging and graffiti. They want to prevent tagging, paint it out rapidly when it occurs and encourage pride in our community to own and manage this issue.
See latest initiative to combat graffiti and help Plimmerton win an exciting mural mosaic. See Xoe Hall's murals.
Here's what you can do to help:
- Inform your children that tagging is a crime and that they and their parents will be prosecuted.
- Report graffiti vandalism whenever you find it in Plimmerton, whether it is on private or public property. Call council's customer service centre 237 5089 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'graffiti' in the subject line. Please provide the nearest address and description of the graffiti.
- Volunteer yourself, business or community group to assist with graffiti initiatives. Please contact the graffiti management coordinator on 237 5089.
- Become a graffiti guardian as part of the 'Adopt a Street Project'. This is something practical that you can do in areas you pass through every day while taking the dog for a walk, heading to or from work, or taking the children to school. Sign up and report all graffiti as soon as possible so it can be removed within 24 hours.
For more information about graffiti vandalism and tagging, what to do if you see taggers in action, and suggestions for ways to prevent graffiti check out PCC's website for tagging.
Read more harbour news from the Greater Wellington Regional Council's website here.
Story from Kapi-Mana News 26 August 2014 pg 7. New group to care for our harbour. Read on-line.
The new Porirua Harbour and Catchment Joint Committee and other stakeholders went on a tour last week, to learn more about the issues facing Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour.
The committee has been set up to oversee implementation of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan.
The committee has the authority to ask for reports on aspects of harbour and catchment issues, strategy implementation and activities. It has yet to decide how often it meets, but all meetings will be publicised and open to the public.
The Joint Committee, chaired by PCC Councillor Bronwyn Kropp, is made up of 5 representatives from Porirua City Council, Ngati Toa Rangitira, Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. Each member will report back to its respective Council or Runanga.
The first meeting (of the group was 26 August 2014). The main items on the agenda were the annual report on how the Harbour Strategy is being implemented, and highlights from the past year which include:
Story from Kapi-Mana News 18 February 2014 pg 2 - by Kris Dando
Harbour health a concern
Rubbish on the decline, but still a blight
Photo by Fairfax: Looking down - Porirua Harbour's health has been the subject of extensive policy work, discussions and strategy meetings in the past few years.
The large amount of rubbish entering Porirua Harbour remains a concern, but the overall health is on the rise, according to a newly released 'scorecard'.
Wellington Regional Council recently completed a mapping and inter-tidal survey of the harbour as part of an action plan to improve its overall health.
The plan is part of a project adopted by Porirua and Wellington City councils, the regional council and Ngati Toa, with help from 10 other agencies.
One of them is the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Trust. Its chairman, Grant Baker, said its own state-of-the-harbour scorecard revealed several positives.
The trust's review panel looked at agency action, sedimentation, recreational usage, ecological health and waste.
"There is a perception from the regular harbour users that it is improving, giving it an overall 4/5 mark," Mr Baker said. "They say the water quality has improved and they rate their on-water experience as good.
"The feeling is that things are starting to happen, which is great."
What was not good was the rubbish, such as tyres, road cones and shopping trolleys, that are still coming from the Porirua Stream.
"It's an ongoing issue. In 2009, there were over 400 items taken out of the Onepoto Arm and in the last two years the trust and Keep Porirua Beautiful have done a clean-up there in November.
"In November we took out 172 large items, 132 of which were tyres. It's down from 260 items in 2012, but it's still too much."
The Porirua Harbour and Catchment Trust gave the agency action - help from organisations that said they would provide funding towards the harbour's health - a 3/5 mark.
Sedimentation it rated 5/5 in the Pauatahanui Inlet and 3/5 in Onepoto. Mr Baker said an increase of soft mud in the harbour, from three hectares to 20 hectares in five years, was a concern.
Further work on reducing the inflows and achieving the action plan target of 1mm per year was needed, Mr Baker said.
The scorecard's water quality marks varied.
The trust ranked the quality at Paremata Bridge 4/5, Plimmerton Beach, Karehana Bay and the water ski club on the Inlet 3/5, and 2/5 at the rowing club at Onepoto.
The Porirua Stream's health at Wall Place received a rating of 3/5, but 4/5 at Horokiri and Pauatahanui streams.
Mr Baker said the regional council's testing regime, and making the results readily available, was appreciated.
"The data is very important and it allows us to cherry pick a lot.
"What we're doing with the scorecard is setting a benchmark that we'll use every year from now on. With the work starting on Transmission Gully, we can track what effect that will have, too."
Mr Baker said the trust would do a scorecard every February.
Ngati Toa kaumatua Taku Parai said close scrutiny of the harbour by the regional council could only be good.
"Looss of significant habitat in the harbour is a problem that has affected Ngati Toa for many generations. Having access to the information provided by these surveys is empowering for iwi and the whole community to work together for positive change," he said.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett said stormwater and sewer upgrades, community education and the development of an estuary restoration and catchment vegetation framework were among the projects Porirua City Council was committed to.
There was a tighter earthworks policy and an erosion control plan coming, Mr Leggett said.
For the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Trust's full scorecard, go the poriruaharbourtrust.org.nz.
Read the brochure 'Sharing information for safer quality care' Capital and Coast District Health Board
The Parish of Pauatahanui sells firewood. Contact Peter 233 6062 or John 233 9462 for enquiries, or look in the Yellow Pages under firewood for a variety of companies to choose from.
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|Pint-sized pirates ply Plimmerton plunge - by Andrea O'Neil Dominion Post|
|Lily-livered are ye? Plimmerton Kindergarten pupils Conrad Jones, Bronson Martin and Flynn Croasdale, all 4, challenge the community to take an icy plunge at the kindy’s fundraising Midwinter Dip this month.|
Mid winter madness: Crowds brave the chilly waters of Karehana Bay for the annual mid winter dip. Photo: Ross Giblin
Chilly challenge for midwinter dippers story by Rhiannon McConnell Kapi-Mana News 24 June 2014, pg 1.
Record numbers braved southerly winds for the Plimmerton Kindergarten midwinter dip on Sunday.
Co-organiser Megan Krishnan said the target of $10,000 was exceeded - enough to finally finish the kindergarten's outdoor space, which will include an area of astroturf.
Krishnan said $40,000 had been raised over the past four years.
All up the work was expected to cost the kindergarten $48,000. Work on the outdoor space will start next month. "It has been a long road to get there, but we are really thrilled," she said.
She said about 450 people turned up and 130 actually dipped. "It was pretty cold with that southerly. It had a bit of a bite to it."
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the dippers. One of the more memorable costumes was two people dressed as a camel. "Apparently it was quite difficult to dip," Krishnan said. And of course, there was no shortage of frozen princesses.
It's kinda cold raising cash for kindy
Outdoor area for Plimmerton kindy in sight
Midwinter swimmers taking a bracing dip at Plimmerton's Karehana Bay have helped to raise $10,000 towards construction of a new outdoor area for the beachside township's kindergarten.
Co-organiser Megan Krishnan said $40,000 had been raised for the kindy's outdoor area over the past four years, and yesterday's invigorating fundraiser had put the icing on the cake.
All up, the work was expected to cost the kindy up to $48,000, she said.
"We are expecting work to get under way in July. There's excavation work to be done, new astro-turfing to be laid, new climbing equipment, swings and fences, and some exciting retaining work to be done."
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and Mana MP Kris Faafoi were among the 130 hardy midwinter bathers.
The swimmers were dressed in fancy dress gear, conventional togs and wetsuits as they braved the cool, southerly breeze.
The $10,000 raised yesterday came mainly from pre-arranged raffle buyers and donors.
About 350 people also ventured down to the seaside to watch the young and the brave water rats dunk, duck and dip.
One group of young people appeared totally immune to the chilly waters.
After 30 minutes an announcement went out on the public address system asking them to leave the water - as their parents wanted to go home.
- The Dominion Post
Everyone is welcome at La Leche League Mana - pregnant women and mothers, their babies and toddlers, whanau, and support people.
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except in the school holidays)
at the Plimmerton Pavilion Supper Room
9.45am till 11.45 or so.
See more helpful information on their website.
La Leche League Mana Wednesday 8 May 10-11.30am at the Plimmerton Pavilion Supper Room
Meet other breastfeeding mothers to talk about everything from starting breastfeeding to weaning and more.
Call it a class... call it a coffee morning... it's a little bit of both!
For more information or breastfeeding help, call our accredited leaders:
Janet: 04 233 1815
Lorraine: 04 233 6513
Neroli: 04 234 6651
or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
he tautoko, he manawa, he matauranga
support, encouragement, information
Meetings are free with koha to cover costs at the supper room at Plimmerton Pavilion.
Look out for our green and white flag flying.
Visit Plimmerton Library at Plimmerton Pavilion, 9 Sunset Parade, Plimmerton 237 7320.
Proposed Change to Hours
We are looking at shifting the Saturday opening of Plimmerton Library to Friday afternoon. There are two main reasons for this, firstly usage on Saturdays has been very low so we would like to try another time slot and secondly there are quite often conflicts with bookings for the supper room on weekends so Friday afternoon looks like a better fit for our use.
At this stage we would look at shifting to Friday afternoons in late February.
Guy Burns from Going Digital will be at Plimmerton Library on 25th January from 1 - 4 pm to talk to anyone wanting help or information on the pending sift from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
Manager, City Libraries
Manager, City Libraries
DDI: 04 2371532 | MOB: 027 540 3302
Hours are Wednesday 1 - 4pm, and Saturday 10.30 - 12.30pm
Porirua Library news and events:
If it's a child's item that has been lost or found - see also Plimmerton School 'Lost and Found' page.
|Found: (posted Tuesday 18 February 2014)||A car remote was found next to a letterbox on Grays Rd on Saturday afternoon (14/2/2014). Ph 0212069867 to collect.|
Found: (posted Monday 11 November 2013)
Found – black cameo earring on the Camborne walkway recently. Phone Helen 2331160 if you have the matching pair.
Lost: (posted 15 October 2013)
My son lost an ipod yesterday, 14 October 2013. He thinks it was lost between the Plimmerton Station and 25 Gordon Road Plimmerton. Please contact Justine Laurenson 021 203 1260 or 233 6112.
Found: (posted July 2013)
A canary has been hanging around 57 Cluny Rd for the past two days. It has a blue tag on its leg and is fairly tame. We have fed it some seeds but apparently they can't survive in the wild. We hope it belongs to someone locally.
If you know the owner please send email to email@example.com.
Found: (posted 7 August 2013)
A pair of very small gumboots and a pair of equally small and colourful socks on the beach north of the boat club.
Phone 233 9626
Lost: (posted 9 August 2013)
Keys (panda key ring) somewhere on Cluny or Moana Road
Mana Island Sailing Adventures provides a unique skippered sailing experience in the comfort and safety of an 11 m steel yacht. The yacht “Paikea” operates out of Mana Marina. Parking in the Marina is readily available and free. The yacht makes no scheduled sailings, so bookings are essential. All booking inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 021 030 6545 or 478 6549.
These are the local medical centres and pharmacies in the area:
- Plimmerton Medical Centre (for general practice) – 10 Steyne Avenue, 233 8015
- Anwyl Specialist Medical Centre (for specialist consultations) - 107A Mana Esplanade, Mana, 233 8584
- Mana Medical Centre (for general practice) – 107 Mana Esplanade, Mana, 233 8019
- Porirua After Hours Medical Centre - 6 Hartham Place, South Porirua, 237 6777
- Mana Pharmacy – 107 Mana Esplanade, Mana
- Kenepuru Hospital (24hr accident and medical centre) Raiha St, Porirua, 385 5999
See local Counselling services on our business pages.
Try the Lighthouse Pauatahanui for cosy and comfortable movie viewing with a glass of wine, located at 3 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui. Book to see a movie from their website www.lighthousepauatahanui.co.nz
Or you can head off to Reading Cinema in North City Shopping Mall, Porirua. Check their website for the movies that are showing now www.readingcinemas.co.nz
Pataka Museum of Arts & Clutures
Corner Parumoana & Norrie Streets
Ph 237 1511
Mon to Sat 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 11am - 4:30pm
A museum and art gallery only 15 minutes north of Wellington, PATAKA is dedicated to celebrating our heritage & specialises in showcasing Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international contemporary art & culture. PATAKA has five main galleries with over 14 major exhibitions annually. Enjoy a coffee at the cafe while relaxing beside our Japanese garden. Be inspired, stimulate your creativity or let us tempt you with a gift from our shop.
PATAKA was voted Best Museum (first equal with Museum of Wellington City & Sea) in Capital Times' Best of Wellington 2007 Survey.
See exhibitions on now.
Neighbourhood Support provides you with the opportunity to make a real difference in your community. The group works closely with the police and other organisations in your community. If you wish to join the group or volunteer your time to help out you can call one of these coordinators:
For Mana - Cheryl Hood 233 9780 or 233 9548
For Whitby – John Earley 234 7174
Read Neighbourhood Support Newsletters from Snr Constable Simon Bygate.
Visit PoriruaWatch.com for the official neighbourhood support website for the Porirua policing area.
You can also visit the main Neighbourhood Support NZ website which provides support for all neighbourhood and rural support groups throughout New Zealand.
PCC's Draft Parking plan for Plimmerton ... out for comment. Send comments to email@example.com. Since the image below may be hard to read, we are trying to get a larger image to post somewhere in the village. We will let you know when and where.
- yellow solid lines indicate no parking
- carparks with yellow numbers are proposed
- carparks with blue numbers are current and will remain as such unless it has a yellow number
- carparks without numbers are all day parks
- existing 30 minute parks adjacent to 44 Steyne Ave are proposed to be converted to 60 minute (yellow parks)
No changes are planned for Queens Avenue or Bath Street. Long term parking is allowed where there is no proposed time limit signage.
The solid yellow lines relate to keeping private driveways clear. This will cause the elimination of only one existing car park. (need to verify one or two)
Please return submissions/comments/feedback on this proposed plan by 20th April. To be discussed at the next PRA meeting Monday 23rd April.
The changes are to ensure: reasonable turn over around the shopping area, allowing a few parks for short term beach users, while still allowing a significant number of parks for all day commuters.
The photographs on this site have been generously offered for display here by several people. We thank them all - and please don't stop - these images are so important to making this a site that people will want to keep coming back to. We hope that over the years the list of contributors will continue to grow as more people share the photos that capture their experience of Plimmerton.
Rex Bustria - Rex's photos are distributed around this site, many here in the Neighbourhood section. See more on the Neighbourhood photo album page and on Rex's link to Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/34350173@N07 . You can contact Rex at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 0471 456.
Taffy Parry - See many of Taffy's photos on the home page and again scattered around these pages. Birds are his love and we appreciate being able to share them here.
Johanna Lowe - has captured so many inspirational images of life here. See her page and photo album and links to more info about Johanna.
See Early Childhood Education which includes Playcentres, Kindergartens and Porse.
|Victory Park located outside pavilion library|
We have two parks with children’s play equipment in Plimmerton (aside from the schools):
- Karehana Park - with entrances from Airlie Road and Cluny Road
- Victory Park - with entrances from Sunset Parade and Beach Road next to the Plimmerton Pavilion Hall, along and across the road from the fire station
A list of all playgrounds in Porirua city is available on the council website section playgrounds.
This hall can be booked for various events. Please call the council 237 5089 to make a booking.
Plunket clinics in Porirua.
Plunket in the Neighbourhood (PIN group) Mondays 10.00am to 11.30am Paremata Plunket Drop-in Coffee Group for parents with babies. Free. Morning tea provided.
Plimmerton Plunket rooms, Steyne Ave, Plimmerton or
Whitby upstairs @ Anchor Church, James Cook Drive, Whitby (week about during school terms)
Contact Jess for more information or to confirm where we'll be this week - email: email@example.com
or look out for us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/manaporiruaplunket
Any queries contact Melanie email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See also Plunket Toy Library website
|Plunket Playground Survey|
Please take the quick five question survey regarding the Plunket playground.
The survey will run until 31 July 2014.
Any contact information gathered here will only be used by Plunket to communicate information requested regarding playground working bees or requests for more information regarding the hiring of Plunket facilities.
Thank you for your help.
Paremata Plunket Coffee Group 10.00am - 11.30am
Plimmerton Plunket rooms, Steyne Ave, Plimmerton:
Whitby upstairs @ Anchor Church, James Cook Drive, Whitby (week about):
See New Zealand Post website for general postshop information.
Information about the other services available at Mana postshop will be included here soon.
There are public toilets behind the Plimmerton Pavilion and next to the Boating Club in Karehana Bay.
|The local train stations are at Plimmerton, Mana, Paremata and Porirua. All these stations have convenient parking by the station. Timetables can be found on posters at every station or visit Tranz Metro where you can subscribe to a service to notify you of delays.|
|Plan your trip with information from this site metlink or call the Metlink Information Line for travel information 0800 801 700.|
In January on the "best day of summer", Plimmerton Red Cross and our Emmerson House physically disabled friends and carers, enjoyed a great day together at a picnic-style lunch catered by the Plimmerton Red Cross and held at the Plimmerton Boating Club. To be outside on such a beautiful day in their wheelchairs enjoying the sun and sea, and even a close inshore yacht capsize and rescue, change made for a good day, plus of course the ever keen locals trying their luck to land a fish from the boat club jetty. Many thanks to the Plimmerton Boating Club for providing the facilities for this annual lunch, it is very much appreciated.
Of course, if you live in Plimmerton you will want to be an active supporter of the Plimmerton Residents' Association click here for details. Here is a list of our neighbouring residents' associations.
- Cannons Creek Residents' Association: contact Aporo Joyce at email@example.com or 232 5786
- Friends of Aotea: email contact as or visit their website www.friendsofaotea.co.nz
- Hongoeka Community:contact Hongoeka Marae Committee - Bob Smith 021 102 7577
- Paremata Residents' Association: new website here contact secretary, Judi Doornbos at Judid@paradise.net.nz
- Pauatahanui Residents' Association: contact email firstname.lastname@example.org website http://pauatahanui.org.nz
- Plimmerton Residents' Association: read about us or contact email@example.com, please add our website link on your publications www.plimmerton.org.nz
- Pukerua Bay Residents' Association: contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.pukeruabay.org.nz
- Ranui Bay Residents' Association (RRA): contact secretary and RRA village coordinator, Lepeti Tea at email@example.com
- Titahi Bay Residents' Association: contact chairman, Graeme Ebbett at firstname.lastname@example.org or email secretary at email@example.com
- Whitby Residents' Association: contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.whitby.org.nz
In Plimmerton we currently have weekly collection of rubbish and re-cycling on Fridays. Both must be out for collection by 8am.
Rubbish must be in an official black plastic Porirua City Council (PCC) rubbish bag. Rubbish bags and replacement recycling crates can be purchased from the Porirua City Council building located in Cobham Court, Porirua, or bags can also be bought from local supermarkets or dairies.
Trash Palace is the recycling centre in Porirua where you can drop off and buy second hand household goods and learn about sustainable living in one of the recycling education programmes or community projects at the Trash Palace Education Centre.
Wheelie bins are also collected weekly and are available from private organisations. PCC does not provide a wheelie bin service.
Look up Rubbish Bin Hire in the yellow pages for several companies that hire out a variety of wheelie bins and skip bins. You can also try Bookabin Online Skip Bin Hire
Check out PCC’s website for details on what you can recycle, how to present these items for collection and rules about what can and cannot go into rubbish bags and recycling.
For more information about rubbish collections go to www.pcc.govt.nz/a-z-services/rubbish
For more information about recycling collections go to www.pcc.govt.nz/a-z-services/recycling
|The Salvation Army Family Store is celebrating 20 years in Plimmerton. Birthday week is 18-22 July. Daily prizes and other treats. The shop will be closed on Saturday 23 July so that the staff can celebrate too! Thank you to all our supporters over the years. Please remember us next time you clean out your wardrobe! We're always looking for good quality clothing and bric-a-brac. Just a reminder that we are unable to accept electrical goods or furniture. If you have large items for collection, please phone Porirua 238-2375.
The following is a list of the local Plunket, early education facilities and schools in the Plimmerton and immediate surrounding areas:
- Plimmerton Plunket - 9 Steyne Avenue, 233 8288
- Whitby Plunket – Whitby Mall, 234 8907
Find the Plunket nearest you.
See Early Childhood Education contains all Playcentres, Kindergartens and Porse
- Plimmerton School – School Road, Plimmerton, 233 8677 see newslettersand general information
- St Theresa’s School – James Street, Plimmerton, 233 8093
- Pukerua Bay School - Rawhiti Road
- Discovery School – Pullen Lane, Whitby, 234 7103
- Adventure School – Longitude Place, Whitby, 234 7220
- Papakowhai School – Spey Place, Papakowhai, 233 8321
- Postgate School – Staithes Drive North, Whitby, 235 9358
- Paremata School – Paremata Crescent, Paremata, 233 1339
- Pauatahanui School - 12 Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui, 234 7659 website www.pauatahanui.school.nz
The Ministry of Education’s website lists all schools and early education facilities in Porirua City www.minedu.govt.nz
Plimmerton has several social clubs where you can join to meet up with other like-minded people with similar interests:
- Plimmerton Residents' Association – you and your family can be involved with any of the projects underway in Plimmerton with the $15 fee for family membership. Just email email@example.com.
- Lions Club of Mana – for the past three years the club has hosted a charity golf tournament at Judgeford Golf Club to benefit local charities. If you wish to take part or join this club contact Dave Black 233 1388 or 0274 763 905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mana Arts Society
- Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet – you can join for just $12 for individual or $15 for a family
- Plimmerton Bridge Club – 233 1259 or 236 7362
- Coastal Quilters – 233 8194
- Senior Keep Fit – 233 8897
- Plimmerton Senior Citizens – 233 8481
- Friends of Mana Island – This group helps look after the birdlife on the Mana Island Reserve. Tax deductible donations can be made to: Friends of Mana Island, PO Box 54 101, Mana. To find out more visit www.doc.govt.nz.
- Intro to Buddhism - seven introductory sessions call 233 2090
There are a number of sports clubs to choose from depending what takes your fancy. See What to do in Plimmerton section.
- Plimmerton Tennis Club – contact info currently being updated.
- Plimmerton Bowling Club – try out the family-friendly twilight bowling in the summer months, or there’s indoor bowls in the winter months. The club can also be hired for party events. Contact Rachel Wybourne Curtin 233 9600 or email@example.com.
- Croquet Club – for newcomers to Plimmerton, and to croquet, you can contact Tony Watts 233 1920 or Carolyn Rait 233 7422.
- Plimmerton Boating Club – for membership enquiries call 233 1592.
- Judgeford Golf Club – located at 328 SH58 Pauatahanui, Porirua. Golf Shop and Clubhouse 235 7633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The clubhouse may be hired for private functions, weddings, parties or meetings by contacting the secretary.
- Mana Archery Club – do you enjoy having safe fun with bows and arrows? Then why not join this archery club. For new members and coaching enquiries email email@example.com.
- Urban Athletes Plimmerton - five week boot camp. Check facebook for schedule.
Mana Little Theatre is Plimmerton's long-standing amateur theatrical group. It leases premises at the back of the Plimmerton Pavilion.
Porirua Little Theatre is located at Whitehouse Road, Titahi Bay, 236 6503.
Tawa Community Theatre is an incorporated society which has been active in the area since 1953. It’s located on Main Road, Tawa. Contact Ross Pedder at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For bookings call 232 3711 (24 hr answerphone)
Kapiti Playhouse is a non-profit incorporated society and one of the leading theatre groups on the Kapiti Coast. Founded in 1948, we are in our 63rd year! During that time we have produced at least three or four major productions each year in our own theatre in Ruahine Street, Paraparaumu. We also hire out our theatre and equipment to other like groups and schools.
Local vets here in Plimmerton and surrounding areas are:
- Vet Smart (or Central Coast Veterinary Clinic) - 1 Grays Road, 233 1331 Mon - Fri 8am - 7pm and Saturday 9am - 12.30pm
- Rappaw Veterinary Care Paremata - 15 Paremata Crescent, Paremata, 233 8059. Open weekdays 7.30am - 7pm and weekends 9am - 12pm
- Rappaw Veterinary Care Titahi Bay - 28 Whitehouse Road, Titahi Bay, 236 8715
- Rappaw Veterinary Care Tawa - 224 Main Road, Tawa, 232 8382
- After Hours Vet Clinic - 5 McCormack Pl, Ngauranga, 473 7545
- Pet Angels – a vet visiting service to take your pets to a local vet when you don’t have the time to do so, 0800 PET ANGELS
The Village Planning Project - PCC update
Story by Eleanor Cater appeared in Kapi-Mana News, 13 August 2013, pg 15 - link to Kapi-Mana.
Some of the volunteer opportunities mentioned in her article:
Here are a few groups and organisations that always appreciate volunteers able to help: (If you know of other groups that should be listed here, please let us know - send an email to email@example.com)
Walking and Cycling
Ara Harakeke Pathway
This pathway is an easy challenge for the family on a morning or afternoon's walk or cycle.
At the Plimmerton domain to Airlie Road section, the gradient is flat and the pathway is sealed. Public toilets are located at Plimmerton domain and Whenua Tapu Cemetery. It takes about 40 minutes one way to travel the 3.3 kilometres. This pathway is ideal for walkers and cyclists, and families with prams. The pathway travels besides the nationally important wetland, Taupo Swamp. The shared pathway for cyclists and walkers has become a favourite for parents wanting a safe route away from cars for children learning to ride bikes. Dogs are permitted but must be on leads.
From Airlie Road to the Pukerua Bay shops, the gradient is a gentle incline, getting steeper near end. It takes about 30 minutes each way for the 2.34 kilometres. This section of the pathway travels through regenerating native vegetation, away from SH1. Treat yourself to an ice cream or drink at the shops in Pukerua Bay before heading back.
The Camborne Walkway is a sheltered, quiet, flat walkway right next to the Pauatahanui Inlet. It has a flat gravelly surface and is ideal for walkers and cyclists, and while suitable for mountain buggies, is not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
It takes about 45 minutes each way for the 1.5 kilometres, and there are public toilets situated at the north end in the Grays Road car park area. You can enter the walkway from the car park off Pascoe Avenue on Mana Esplanade at Paremata, or Grays Road. The walkway is sheltered from the northerly winds, and the whole family will enjoy the challenge of an easy walk in the fresh air.
The walkway is very picturesque looking east over the Pauatahanui Inlet and towards Whitby, and is a great place to have your camera ready to photograph the sights of the inlet, including the occasional stingray basking in the water, and sunrise/sunset shots are a favourite. The boatsheds at the Paremata end add their rustic character to the walkway experience.
Find out more about Porirua city’s Walking and Cycling Tracks
Wairaka Walkway - Pukerua Bay - Plimmerton see wonderwalkers.
Explore the real Cannons Creek - Belmont Regional Park (Cannon's Creek entrance). Guided tour Saturday 29 January 9.30am FREE. Bring the kids to have fun in the creek and bush while guides (Friends of Maara Roa) show the history of human impact. Enjoy the new nature walk together. Booking essential firstname.lastname@example.org 04 830 4041
In the news:
|Story and photos from Kapi-Mana News 8 July 2014 pg 39.|
|Story from Whitby Newsbrief August 2014 pg 11.|
|PCC first to use pipe renewal technology. Whitby Newsbrief, October 2013 pg 13.
Porirua City Council is the first council in New Zealand to use a state-of-the-art structural lining system to upgrade the city's aging pipes. The process involves relining old mains pipes with an internal structural liner that results in a high quality structural pipe inside the older pipe.
Much of the infrastructure was laid 60 years ago when Porirua was a little town.
"It's very different today and we need to think outside the square if we're to renew our infrastructure at reasonable cost and without too much disruption to residents and motorists," said Mayor Nick Leggett. "By using this technology our council can do a lot more, for less money, more quickly and with fewer disruptions and in the end we have a high quality renewed water infrastructure."
The council has been renewing the original water main that was laid in the 1950's from Arawhata Street on the eastern side of SH1 to Kenepuru Drive on the western side. The water main goes underneath SH1, the railway lines, the stop banks and the Porirua Stream. It comes out onto Kenepuru Drive where it helps feed the western side of the city.
"The internal relining of pipes has been used extensively throughout Europe and North America as one of the most acceptable and economical forms of water main renewals," said PCC Water and Drainage Engineer Desmond Scrimgeour.
"The conventional methods of 'dig and lay' are fast becoming redundant. There are ever increasing costs and long delays associated with the consents processes, cutting up of roads and carriageways, locating or possibly hitting other utilities, traffic and site management, and general disruption of services due to the time it takes to complete such projects," he said.
The benefits of internally relining old mains with a structural liner include savings in costs of up to 40 per cent cheaper than traditional methods; minimal requirements and costs associated with resource consents; no traffic management and disruption; less excavation; better use of existing infrastructure rather than having "abandoned" pipes; fewer disruptions to residents and commuters during work period; shorter work time; easier access; increased pressure and flow capacity; corrosion resistant, and no future maintenance required.
Visit the Camborne Weather Website
Here's something different for the kids. Join the quest to find the Golden Gibbon at Wellington Zoo. Pick up a free Zooventure journal at the zoo. Make three trips before 30 April and go in the draw to win great prizes.