Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?
March 2015
Bridge balustrade official unveiling … your invitation
The new date for the unveiling of the bridge balustrade and sign is Saturday 14
March. You and your family are invited to attend this important occasion. We will
confirm that date and email details closer to the time.
Calling all cake bakers (slices, biscuits, scones etc more than welcome too)
The unveiling will be followed by tea and cakes on the grassy area below the bridge.
If you can provide a plate of home baking please contact us
All morning tea bakers will be rewarded with a koha.

Trapping pests (4, 6, 8 legged?) at home …
The HALO project
Tuesday 24 February 3.15pm at Plimmerton Kindergarten
The HALO project is aiming for a pest-free Wellington. Everyone interested is
invited to meet Rebecca Wilson from DOC who will share her pest–trapping
A kindergarten group (‘bushsprouts’) has been monitoring pests in the Plimmerton
Bush Reserve and has just set up some traps in there. Leona Smith says, “If you are
interested please come along to his meeting!”

‘Parcels from home and soldiers’ stuff’…
Fascinating illustrated talk by Dr Kate Hunter Sunday 8 March 2-4pm in Helen
Smith Room, Pataka
Kate is the co-author (with Kirsty Ross) of ‘Holding on to home: New Zealand stories
and objects of the First World War’ published last year by Te Papa. Kate says the
wartime objects in museum collections tell stories of friendship and love, longing
and loss. She uses these objects to illustrate impacts of the war on those serving
overseas and their families and communities.
Free admission. A Porirua Historical Society presentation.

Spending too much discussing business tactics with your cat?
Time to think about a shared office space!
Greg says, “A few local business owners have decided to set up an awesome shared
office space here. We have room for one or two more people to join us. So, if are
looking for a focussed fun work environment contact me.”

Plimmerton Boating Club sailing and scaling

Regatta Sunday 1 March

2015 fishing competition weekend 14 and 15 March with fresh fish auction at
5:00pm Saturday and 4:30pm Sunday.

Website developments … more businesses to help you out
New businesses are added regularly to our web site to help you with everything from
cat pee stain removal to business risk insurance.
Make your first port of call when you need help! And, if you
provide a service or product to people here, contact us today to get your business
onto the site

Are your creative talents getting the exposure they deserve?
Website research and writing and photography opportunities
Contact us if you would like to do some work on our website. Some sections have
grown and need to be restructured. And there are exciting new sections to be
created. Meet interesting people, discover more about Plimmerton, help to create a
valuable community resource and put some of those hidden talents to great use.
Contact us

Rose award for Rosemary
Plimmerton rose enthusiast Rosemary Patterson has received an award and citation
from Heritage Roses New Zealand for the rose collection she has nurtured for 23
years. These roses can be seen 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 a gallery of photos at

Tee off for Ronald McDonald House!
Mana Lions annual charity golf tournament, Judgeford Golf Club, Friday 20 March
Teams and individuals are invited to take part and support this fantastic cause with
a great day out. Just $45 per person includes green fees and finger food.
Mana Lions have committed to long term support and have raised more than $30,000
to date.
Don’t miss out. Call Dave (Blackee) Black 233 1388 or 0274 763 905.

St Theresa’s School carnival Saturday14 March 11am- 3pm
The organising team say, “It’s back, bigger and better than ever. This year’s theme
is COLOURS bright and bold. Lots for kids to do with clowns, games, yummy food,
fun, balloons, amazing entertainment, traditional stalls and fabulous food, all the
ingredients that make our school carnival a huge hit every year.”
If you can help with books, clothing or white elephant items please drop them at the
school. Email Shona if that’s a problem

PCC Facebook page for breaking news and latest info
Keep track of council news and info

Beau Cadeaux
The new deluxe homewares and gift emporium on Sunset Parade. Call in from
Thursdays to Sundays and meet Robynne who has miraculously transformed it from a
shop into a classy boutique. Talk to her about your dressmaking requirements too.

Big hand for new members … Plimmerton Bridge Club
Pavilion Supper Room, Tuesday nights 7.15pm
Duncan MacLean from the Bridge Club says, “We are a friendly mixed ability club
and we play Duplicate Bridge. New members are very welcome. To find out more
please contact me 233 8287”.

The real deal … Bridge lessons for beginners
Learn this popular game with Kapi-Mana Bridge Club. A series of ten lessons starts
on 16 March, 7.30pm in their clubrooms 8 Linden Ave, Tawa. To register call David
233 1866.

Seaweek walk … Sunday 1 March, starts 2pm
Guided walk along Te Ara Piko Walkway on Pauatahanui Inlet.
Suitable for all ages, this walk along the northern side of the inlet is completely flat
all the way (3.4km). Give those new knees, hips and other spare parts a gentle work
out. Bring the whole family. Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet (GOPI) guides will
share their knowledge and bring the environment and history of this area to life.
Meet at Motukaraka Point at 2pm. Return to car park around 4.30pm.

Loosen the ligaments, tease out the tendons
Tai Chi for beginners starts this week Wednesday 25 February in the Ngati Toa Hall
in the domain at 7pm. Come along a bit early to enrol and meet your instructor
Steve. Call 04 383 9094 for more info.

Preparing for emergencies
Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office, known as WREMO, are running
free courses. Four sessions per course and they are run throughout the region.
Contact us to discuss or enrol Alan Reader 233 8041.
Porirua course Monday evenings 4-25 May, Kapiti Tuesdays 10-31 May.
Alan (PRA emergency management) has been surveying residents and has found that
half of us expect that in any emergency there will be a centre here with medical and
social services. And 40 percent of people here think that search and rescue will
arrive to assist.
That means YOU and ME baby because Plimmerton will be cut off from outside help
so all the expertise has to come from people right here. We are going to need
trained people from our own community to take the lead.
Less than half of us have less than the bare minimum for 10 litres per person of
potable water in the household and 90 percent of us have no extra stored water for
washing and other essentials. With the fourth anniversary of the Christchurch quake
we should all reflect on lessons learned and get prepared.

Go fly a kite
Thanks to NZ Kite Assn and PCC who royally entertained us last weekend with their
fantastic kites in Plimmerton Domain. See images
Send in your images to share

Exercycle needed for a few weeks
A local resident recovering from hip surgery asks, “Do you have an exercycle lying
unloved in your garage? Could I please borrow it for a few weeks to help me recover
from surgery?
Please let us know if you can help out and we’ll put you in touch with her

Contemporary artworks by Victoria Webster
Emerging Light Gallery exhibition 12-26 February. Weekdays 9–5pm, weekends 11–
Victoria has exhibited her contemporary acrylics in the lower North Island as a solo
artist and with the group The Artlanders. Enjoy.

Bellyful serves up 4000th meal … moves to new commercial kitchen!
Great work from the Bellyful team who are all volunteers and have recently
delivered their 4000th meal to a family with a new baby or serious illness in the
Plimmerton’s Sarah Searancke who has a catering business has made her commercial
kitchen in Linden available to the volunteer cooks. Sarah and her husband Nigel
support several community ventures and she says “We have a young family we
totally see the benefits of what Bellyful is all about. We do like to give back to our
community and this is a way to do it.”
Porirua co-ordinator Rebecca Morahan says the first cookathon of the year was a
great success with 120 meals made in the new kitchen.

Police report for January … theft from cars rife
Lots of cars broken into especially in the Camborne walkway carpark on Grays Road.
Thieves have forced locks and broken windows to steal property. Community
constable Simon Bygate says, “Never leave anything visible in your vehicle. There
are several useful security tips in Simon’s report

Kapi Mana 24 February … hot off the press
Camborne safety warning … pedestrian safety on Grays Road
Guardians busy again … GOPI news, photo competition and Seaweek walk
Thomina’s now a bold sailor … Plimmerton Boating Club Learn to Sail success.

Plimmerton Residents Association meetings
Check out our web site for dates. Last Monday of each month at the fire station
7.30pm. Open to everyone. If you have matters to raise contact us and we’ll include you on the agenda.
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