Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?

February 2015
Picnic in the park … perfection!
Progress at Karehana Park was celebrated at the annual picnic in the park on Sunday 25
January. Crowds were serenaded by the brilliant Mana Blues and guest musicians. A series
of tents and pergolas sheltered picnickers from the sun and the very youthful were enticed
to join in traditional sack races and tug of war. Beautiful weather encouraged locals to
picnic, play pétanque and paddle in the newly restored and planted stream. Great to see
several generations of Plimmertonians enjoying the park. Great work Roger Johnston and
the Karehana Park team who have made such a brilliant job of creating this little jewel.

Festival of the Elements Friday 6 February 11am-6pm
Te Rauparaha Park and Aquatic Centre and Pataka Art & Museum

Best place in Wellington region to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Waitangi Day and entry
is FREE!
This multi-cultural event is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest celebrations regularly
attracting more than 30,000 people every year. This year it’s a double whammy as we
celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Porirua’s city status.
The jam-packed programme features everything from choral music to reggae, poetry to the
national skate jam, from traditional dance to circus acts … and all points in between.
Big names on the billboard include: Sam Hunt, Gary McCormick, Patricia Grace, Musical
Island Boys, Elena, The Blingling Bros, Jahnetix, The Tudor Consort, California Dreamers,
Hobnail, Andrew London Trio, Ludwig Treviranus and Roger Wilson, Circa, Niko Ne Zna and
Wellington Sea Shanty Society.
Heaps of cool stuff for kids with Art Action and mega-fun in the pool with the Get, Wet GO!
Programme. Talented young people aged 13-21 years can enter the Quest of the Elements
Talent Quest with a first prize of $500! Enter on Facebook
Find out more

Parking …put your big rig in the domain
We are asked again to remind people with camper vans, caravans and buses that parking for
large vehicles is available in Plimmerton and Ngati Toa Domains. People are asked not to
park these large vehicles in car parking spaces along the waterfront as they block visibility
for drivers and pedestrians crossing roads to the beach. Ditto huge vehicles with boats on
trailers. An elderly pedestrian was nearly wiped out crossing Beach Road by a driver who
could not see him between a boat trailer and a caravan. Please advise your visitors that
parking is available on both domains.

Water quality testing on Taupo stream
Taupo Stream which comes out onto South Beach was closed for a few days recently. Very
high levels of bacteria were found and we were informed that PCC and Wellington Water
Limited investigated the cause of the contamination and found a broken sewer pipe on
private property.

This was repaired and ongoing investigations continue to ensure that the broken pipe was
the only source of the problem. Health warning signs were removed once the contamination
levels had dropped to levels safe for swimming. Plimmerton Residents Association has
requested the organisations involved in monitoring, reporting and rectifying pollution in the
stream area to keep our community in the loop. We could have had an email out, notices
on the Facebook page and info on the web site as soon as the pollution was detected.
However, as in past years, the first we knew of trouble was signs appearing on the beach
and notices in the newspaper. We are again formally requesting that GRWC and PCC liaise
with this community through the residents’ association and keep us informed on what is an
important public health issue. We want to know about the testing regime and results on a
regular basis. And we want to know what is being done to fix this latest in a long running
series of pollution events. See this week’s lead story in Kapi Mana News…Water warning.

Electronic newsletter only from next month
Do we have your current email?
Please email PRA today if you are not on the mailing list already. If you live in Plimmerton,
have a business here or just enjoy spending time here than you will want to know what’s
happening. Email today
To ensure that you are kept informed make sure we have your current email. This mailing
list is only used for community, police and civil defence information. (Printed newsletters
will still be available from a few key places around the area but will no longer be delivered
to every home and business).

Council contact … unbunging blockages and the like
If you spot things like blocked drains that could cause havoc in heavy rain please call the
council hot line 237 5089. Your call will be logged and action taken. You are welcome to
advise us at and we can also monitor the situation.

February finale … entrance enhancement and bridge balustrade
The last projects from PRA’s 2013-14 plan will be completed this month. A balustrade has
been installed on the road bridge into Plimmerton. This art work tells the story of the preEuropean coastline and has been designed by landscape Linda Kerkmeester working with
artists at Hongoeka. This can be seen at
The stone wave wall next to the bridge will feature an illuminated, and very visible,
Plimmerton sign. The stone wall shows continuation of the Ara Harakeke Walkway.
A short simple unveiling of the balustrade and sign will be held on 14 February by the bridge
in the morning followed by tea and home baking on the grassy area below (the time will be
confirmed by email).

Calling all cake bakers!
We thought a low key old fashioned tea and buns would be an appropriate way to celebrate
the event above. We invite home bakers to offer plates of pikelets, scones and other tasty
treats and we will pay you a koha to cover the cost of your ingredients. Please contact letting us know what you’d like to make and bring along.

Another place to relax and enjoy the view
A pair of concrete wave seats (like those in Queen’s Ave, with the lovely paua inserts) with
a mosaic pattern on the top will be installed around the coastline at Windy Point. This seat
has been generously sponsored by the Bleasdale family. The mosaic has been designed and
installed by acclaimed mosaic artist Kerry Scott and a team of local volunteer mosaicists.
The artwork was won by Plimmerton community in a competition. This can also be seen at

People who leave dogs in cars …
In this heat it is NEVER acceptable to leave dogs in cars. Full stop. And of course it is
NEVER OK to leave kids in cars either. Do what you have to when you see this happening …
tell the thoughtless people responsible that it is not alright, call the police, go berserk. You
are entitled to break a car window if it’s a life or death situation.

Tai Chi for beginners
Keep flexible and nimble and learn the age old art of Tai Chi. Class for beginners on
Wednesdays at Ngati Toa hall in the domain at Mana starting at 7pm. Contact
to enrol.

Singles mingle
For people aged 55 plus, downstairs at The Supply Room, Mana 5.30-7pm on Friday 20
February. Queries and replies to Krys 027 645 1075.

Police report for holiday period
Senior constable Stuart Bygate tells us that December saw a disturbing number of burglaries
in this area, particularly in Pukerua Bay. He encourages residents to reactivate
neighbourhood watch groups to prevent and combat criminal activity. He notes that there is
always a spike in burglaries during school holidays. Crime statistics for the period are on our
web site

Mana Mainly Music … on Mondays
During the school term starting on Monday 9 February, Mainly Music sessions followed by
free play, story time and morning tea. At St Barnabas Church on Mana Esplanade, just $3
per family, first session free.
Barbara and Melissa say, “Come and join us!” If you’d like more information call Melissa on
236 7242 or email Barbara

Huge garage sale
Saturday 21 February 9am till noon 21 Pendennis Point Camborne. Bargains galore!

Free photography workshop for people under 18 on Sunday 22 February
Destina Munro, president of Kapiti Camera Club, invites young people to a workshop to
develop photography skills. Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet holds an annual photography
competition and this is a great way to encourage young people to sharpen their abilities so
they can participate. The workshop starts at 4.15pm at Stout Cottage in the Pauatahanui
Wildlife Reserve.
Registration forms are on the GOPI website or interested kids can call 233 2557.

Plimmerton Boating Club all go for summer
Picnic Saturday 31 January
The plan is to sail to Shelly Bay, picnic and sail back again. There will be rescue boats and
other members’ power boats for those who need a lift there and back.

Summer dine and view programme
PBC restaurant is open on Wednesday evenings and Sunday for lunch so you can dine in style
while enjoying the action on the water. Wednesday is a $15 pot luck carvery and on
Sundays it’s their special $10 lunch menu.

On 5, 6 and 7 February the club will hosting the Noelex 22 Yacht Racing Nationals. This will
make for some exciting viewing. Plimmerton and Camborne residents are invited to enjoy a
meal at the boating club and check out the racing.

Valentine’s Day draw at Topor
Dine at Topor this month and you go into the draw to win a Valentine’s Day dinner for two.
A delicious three course dinner and a glass of bubbly each … a fun prize to make some lucky
couple’s day extra special. The draw takes place on 7 February. Be in to win … good luck!
Val and Steve advise that their usual hours … Tuesday to Thursday from 5.30pm and Friday
to Sunday from 10am start now and they will be open on Waitangi day for to your relaxing
and dining pleasure!

Dyslexia rules KO?
Did you miss the TV1 screening last year of The Big Picture? This is a movie about dyslexia
and on Sunday 22 February Anne is showing this at her place especially for Plimmerton
parents who want to know more. Good idea. Call Anne 233 2241
See the Dom Post for Tuesday 27 January page A2 for the inspirational story of Matt
Strawbridge a teenage Wellingtonian who has turned his struggle with dyslexia into a
successful website to help others. He is a finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year.
When he was just 13 Matt set up Dyslexia Potential for people of all ages struggling to read
and write.

Email bouncers
These people are missing out on police, community and civil defence updates because they
have not let us know their new email addresses! If this sounds like you, send us your new
email today,,,

Whitby Family Fun Day 22 February midday to 4pm
Police dog demo, balloon sculptures, Mana Coastguard and Plimmerton Volunteer Fire
Brigade in action, stuff for kids to do (hair braiding, building with Mitre 10 Mega, face
painting, bouncy castles) fabulous food stalls and, for the first time, the day includes
Whitby Walkfest where you can explore Whitby walkways with pre-planned walks framing
the panoramic views. Join the action at Adventure Park.

Rosemary receives Rose award
Plimmerton rose enthusiast Rosemary Patterson of Plimmerton has received an award and
citation from Heritage Roses New Zealand for the rose collection she has nurtured for 23
years. These roses are at the burial ground in Pauatahanui and have been recognised as a
‘nationally significant planting of historic roses’. You can visit the grounds every day of the
year and enjoy the gallery of photos (search: rose project).

ANZAC story
Robert George Auty came to Porirua with his parents who ran a general store and post
office. Read the story of this young blacksmith, brass band member, hockey player and
horseman who went away to the Great War.

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