Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?
April 2015
AGM Monday 25 May 7.30pm at Plimmerton boating Club
Programme includes short sharp reports from project managers on Karehana Park
redevelopment and other recent initiatives, usual brisk business, stonking supper to follow.
If you’d like to join the team contact us
Exciting speakers signed up
Linda Fordyce from Pataka and speakers from Hongoeka will be giving a presentation on the
early history of this area. Very highly recommended.
Pay your subs before the AGM and go into the
draw for great prizes …
… including this seascape Summer Wave by
Carolina Gartner. Just $15 per household going
towards all the projects listed in the flier we
sent you earlier this week.
Please pay by direct credit to PRA Westpac
account 03-1533-0019155-00 including name and
address, or fire off a cheque to PO Box 57-027, or
leave in Pip’s letterbox 22A Steyne Ave.

Playground out … playground in
Karehana Park team and PCC swing into action
The dynamic Karehana Park team have despatched the old playground and the new one
should be installed in the next week or two. Planting is flourishing in the newly planted
garden and looking lush in the stream. Project manager Roger Johnson says the third stage
of paving, from Airlie Road to the playground is complete. Plans for a bicycle track which
will go around the new playground can be seen at the park and on

Pre-dawn blessing and unveiling … moving and spectacular
Those who rose early last Saturday for the dawn blessing of our community artwork shared a
memorable event. More than 100 people arrived in the pre-dawn gloom to be led across the
bridge as it was unveiled in a ceremony by Ngati Toa Kaumatua Kahu Ropata.
A breakfast followed in St Andrews parish hall with splendid kai from The Big Salami with
home baking. Speakers from Hongoeka shared some of the rich history behind the names on
the bridge balustrade artwork. Landscape architect Linda Kerkmeester talked about the
design and construction of the balustrade. PRA representatives expressed thanks to
everyone involved and remarked that the balustrade is an artwork and a history lesson.
Working with people from Hongoeka was a great experience and ideas were discussed
enthusiastically for further cooperative projects.

Taupō is the Ngati Toa name for this area which explains its prominent position on our new
naming wave and on the balustrade. For the stories behind the names .

Emergency exercise brings the message home
In any major emergency event WE are it. Our families, neighbours, friends and
community will depend on the efforts that each of us make. The better trained we are
to respond the better able we will be to save lives and give meaningful help.
This week a community emergency preparedness event was held at Plimmerton School. The
group were given an emergency scenario to respond to and had to work in groups to set up
an emergency management centre. The scenario was a 5.9 earthquake with widespread
damage around Porirua basin. Communications with operations headquarters had to be
established, community water supplies activated and regular reports on conditions collated.
Additional disasters like broken sewage pipes, trees blocking roads and so on were added at
speed to simulate a real event. Christchurch experiences have shown that this is how
communities will have to cope as in most emergencies as outside help cannot be depended
on in this sort of event for at least five days.
Training in emergency management skills is free and the next four week course starts on
4 May. Please give it serious thought. Contact Alan Reader if you
are keen to do the training.

Police news
This month’s crime stats are on our website.
Police warning #1: number plate thieves at work
Nicked number plates are substituted front and back of cars and used to rip off petrol
stations and to commit crimes. Thieves have recently been active here. Be alert and take
care when you leave vehicles parked off site.
Police warning #2: prowlers spotted
Would-be thieves and prowlers have been noted around Airlie Road area. The Plimmerton
Camborne Facebook page is a good place to let other people know about this sort of
activity. Prompt reporting to the Police is essential. Let us know at so we can advise the community.

To report crime Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
When you need immediate help call 111
Non urgent calls should be made to local Police stations.

Plimmerton Camborne Facebook page
Great way to get the latest news out quickly. If you are not yet checking out this page have
a go. Here’s how to do it.
Set up your facebook account on and then go to the
Plimmerton/Camborne facebook page and asked to be invited.

Councils ask for feedback
Greater Wellington Regional Council climate change strategy
Your feedback is sought to the strategy by Friday 10 April
PCC and GWRC have long term plans out soon for your perusal. All the info is on their
GWRC – Shape your region – 10yr plan 2015-2025

Hibernation stock-up time! Book Fair March 28-29
Rotary Club of Plimmerton’s annual book fair runs all weekend at the NZ Kennel Club in
Prosser Street, Porirua. All funds raised go to great local causes.
From 9am to 4.30pm each day.

Friends of Mana Island ecology project success
The successful transfer of 100 fairy prion chicks from Stephens Island to Mana Island was the
subject of the address at their AGM by Colin Miskelly. The chicks were hand fed for up to
nine days and all 100 fledged and have gone to sea. The expectation is that they will return
to Mana Island and the burrows they were fledged in. This will increase the colony
establishing on the island. Congratulations to those who did all the months of planning and
all the volunteers who assisted.

Pauatahanui war memorial stories accessible with QR code
Our war historian Allan Dodson has six stories which can be accessed by the QR codes below
or links. They are the soldiers named on the Pauatahanui war memorial.







Norman Jones Shirer Carter Harry Death Walter Harris Victor Abbott Kenneth Boulton

WW100 events

Plimmerton remembers Gallipoli … at Emerging Galleries in Plimmerton. This
exhibition is being run in tandem with Mana Little Theatre’s Once on Chunuk Bair.

Once on Chunuk Bair Mana Little Theatre’s WW100 production of Maurice Shadbolt’s
magnificent drama … opens on Wednesday 15 April and runs till ANZAC Day (see story

Porirua ANZACs at Gallipoli … exhibition at Pataka.

Once on Chunuk Bair
On 8 August 1915 the Wellington Regiment, part of the NZ Expeditionary Force, took and
held Chunuk Bair, a pivotal peak overlooking Gallipoli Bay. This play recreates the realities
of war with touches of black humour. Of the 760 men who reached the summit, 711 became
casualties. Mana Little Theatre is the only company with rights to this important NZ play.
There’s also an exhibition about the men from here who went to Gallipoli, and a
commemoration quilt for people to sign. Topor Bar and Bistro is offering 25 percent off for
people enjoying a pre-theatre dinner. Just ring them with your booking number.
Tickets are selling fast so book NOW

Staff and stuff wanted … volunteers and clothing for Family Store
Family store looking for keen volunteers for the Steyne Ave store and a fresh supply of good
quality clothing, homewares and other saleable items. Pop into the store and talk to the
manager Elvyn or call 233 1313. This community benefits from the efforts of the Family
Store team and we appreciate the way the store is kept … more like a boutique than an

They do repeat their request that items be dropped off when the store is open as stuff left
there is stolen and dragged all over the footpath.

Kafe Oranje open for business
After a makeover that was like something on The Living Channel the transformed Kafe
Oranje is back open for business (as was Vella).

Hibernation preparation step two … Ezee meals
Stock up the freezer with tasty Ezee meals available on Tuesday and Thursday from St
Andrew’s parish hall between midday and 2pm. You can see the menu on our website and
you can place orders on 233 9781.

Next newsletter deadline Monday 19 April
All clubs, groups, organisations, schools, churches, early childhood educators, fund raisers,
service groups, businesses are welcome to send items for the newsletter and website. Send
material as it’s ready
Keep the community informed and involved with your events and projects.

Up close and personal under the waves
More than 50 people donned snorkels wetsuits and flippers to get up close and personal with
marine life off Whitirea Park as part of Seaweek. Conga eels, seahorses, eagle rays, yellow
eyed mullets and more were spotted. The snorkelling was led by marine experts from
Healthy Harbours Porirua, funded by GWRC.
Wish we’d known about this! Some great GWRC events are not well publicised.

Walk the beat … without the feet
Porirua Police and Porirua Community Guardians are looking for volunteers to monitor CCTV
to improve security and ensure immediate response to incidents.
You’ll need to have good English and telephone skills and basic computer literacy. And
you’ll get training before you start. Call Porirua Police.

Free workshops

Sunday 29 March 10am – 3pm Te Rito Gardens

How to make your own compost and How to worm farm Followed by What to do in your
garden at this time of the year 12pm -1pm and How to use pallets to create garden beds
and fences 1.30pm – 2.30pm at Te Rito Gardens, Kenepuru, in old hospital grounds off
Lower Main drive. These workshops are part of their harvest festival with food and music all

Young local vet dies aged 40
Mat Whitford of Vet Smart died suddenly at home earlier this week. Many of us in
Plimmerton knew Mat well and are deeply grateful to him for his skilful and compassionate
care of our companion animals over many years. Our hearts go out to his partner and
family. Sympathy too for his colleagues and the veterinary community who will feel his loss
deeply. Mat was loved and respected by this community and will be sadly missed.

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