Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?
May 2015
Four jolly pages of stuff about what is happening here in May
Win one of these splendid prizes … pay $15 PRA subs for your household
before 25 May and you’ll go into the draw!
Just $15 per business, family or household to help progress PRA initiatives like Karehana
Park redevelopment (scooter track), traffic safety projects like the speed signs near
Plimmerton school and kindy, emergency management programmes, development of a
natural and social history trail, Taupo stream restoration and so on.
Generous prizes donated by local businesses include:
 Summer Wave, original painting by Carolina Gartiner
 A ten trip coffee ticket to the Big Salami
 Topor Bar and Bistro voucher
 Black Rose Florist gift pack
 Beau Cadeaux gift box
 Lighthouse Cinema double tickets
 Plimmerton Thai voucher
 Pure Balance Yoga three session voucher
Please pay by direct credit to PRA Westpac account 03-1533-0019155-00 including name
and address, or leave in Pip’s letterbox 22A Steyne Ave.
Thanks to all the families and households and businesses that have already paid their subs
and to those who have also made donations.

AGM Monday 25 May 7.30pm at Plimmerton Boating Club
Guest speaker: Linda Fordyce, Pataka’s historian, will enthral us with stories of
Plimmerton’s early days. Join us for a stimulating evening: short sharp reports about this
year’s major projects, fascinating presentation from our esteemed guest speaker, little bit
of business then a stonking supper.
If YOU would like to be part of the PRA team let us know ASAP

Are you one of the people who will lead this community after an
Four week FREE course in emergency management training starts Monday 4 May.
Six Plimmertonians are enrolled so far in the next course. Should you be there?

Walk postponed
Pauatahanui Residents advise that their Te Ara Piko Fun Walk planned for this weekend has
been postponed until 22 November.

Plimmerton planting bee along the railway line
Sunday 24 May and Sunday 21 June
Every able bodied person in Plimmerton is invited to help plant thousands of plants along
the rail corridor as a tagging and vandalism prevention exercise.
We have lizard-friendly plants which will grow up over the walls … now we need people who
can dig holes and plonk the plants in them.
Please put these dates in your diary … especially if you are under 50 and have a full set
of original knees, hips and other working parts.
There will be no trains of course on those days so you and yours will be absolutely safe!
Thanks to Richard Witheford-Smith of Keep Porirua Beautiful who has exceeded all
expectations with his fantastic assistance at the south end of the station and for his
organisation of the working bee above. Also thanks to PRA’s Robin Jones for her excellent
efforts in getting action on vandalism and tagging trackside on the new rail fence … visible
to train passengers and those whose houses face the fence. Thanks too to KiwiRail for the
clean up to date and their contribution towards the plants.

Taupo stream testing under way
Greater Wellington regional Council (GWRC) have committed to helping sort out the
situation with Taupo stream which causes periodic pollution on South Beach. PRA
committee member David Verrinder is working with them to get an initial assessment of the
stream and environs. People concerned about the state of the stream and beach are
welcome to give David assistance.

Street groups and neighbourhood watch … best crime prevention
Our community constable Simon Bygate asks that we initiate neighbourhood watch or street
groups to keep our families safe. He asks that you ring him on his direct line for a kit of
information for your street group. Call Simon 021 1909637.
The Police report for this area will be posted on at the end of this
month. Tagging, vandalism and the theft of car number plates feature.

Plimmerton Camborne Facebook page
We encourage all arty party groups, schools, churches, clubs, organisations, event
organisers, community groups and whatever else who want to share their activities with the
community here to post information on the Plimmerton Camborne Facebook page.
There are more than 1000 people in the group now and it’s an effective way to talk to
people here.
Set up your Facebook account on then go to the Plimmerton/Camborne
Facebook page and ask to be invited.

And now, introducing ... Plimmerton Residents Association Facebook page
Find it and like us. Another easy way for you to find about things that are happening here.

WW100 … Plimmerton ANZACS 1915
Emerging Light Gallery exhibition
An insight into the men and women from Plimmerton who served in the Egypt / Dardanelles
campaign. See photos of service people, info on how they fared and where they lived in
Plimmerton. Opening at the gallery in Steyne Ave (near the rail underpass) 24 April to
Friday 8 May. Weekdays 9am-5pm. Phone Michael 021 913 656 on weekends for opening

Pataka exhibition: Porirua ANZACs at Gallipoli
This exhibition honours the memory of young men and women from this
area who served on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey between April and
December 1915. (Another PRA WW100 project, researched by Allan

ANZAC story June
On 8 May 1915 the Otago Regiment suffered a heavy defeat attacking
the hill Baby 700 at Gallipoli. Two Porirua men were killed in this
action. We’ve previously told the story of Private Kenneth Boulton of
Paremata. In June you can read the story and see the photos of
Corporal William Earp on our web site -stories/

Karehana Park
The new playground is installed and the whopper swing will go in during June (weather
permitting). Fund raising will ram up again soon so the scooter path around the playground
and a picnic area can be installed this year. If you are one of the few people who has not
yet bought a paver to remember your family, a beloved pet or your time in Plimmerton you
have the chance now … email with “paver” in the subject line.

Singing in the rain!
Well, in the shower actually. It has been suggested that a shower at Karehana Bay for
swimmers would be appreciated. Thanks for the idea. This has been added to the 20152016 plan. We will look at something similar to the one in Queens Ave off Plimmerton Beach
that gets a lot of use.

What is planned for the 2015-2016 year in Plimmerton?
Good question. This will be answered at the AGM on 25 May (see first item) and in a plan to
be published in July on and in printed form.

Laugh and the world laughs with you … Mana little Theatre presents!
Rough notes and silent comedy, Friday and Saturday 1 and 2 May, 8pm
The show by pianist and writer Gilbert Haisman features two twenty minute silent movie
classics Easy Street with Charlie Chaplin and Neighbours with Buster Keaton.
Gilbert says, “We love to see good people who pratfall their way to triumph over powerful
people who want to beat them to a pulp.”
Tickets $20 or $15 for block bookings of four or more
Or phone 04 904 8428. Tickets also from Topor Bar and Bistro in Plimmerton.

Big changes in community policing
Porirua Crime Prevention Team invites you to a meeting to discuss community policing.
Community constables in each area will be replaced by a city-wide team approach.
At Waitangarua Community Policing Centre, Warspite Ave, Waitangarua.
Wednesday 6 May 7.30-8.30pm.
RSVP to Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp 04 212 4399.

Interested in writing?
Plimmerton Writers Group meets monthly to share and critique short stories and memoirs.
For more info email Mike Doig

Singles mingle
For those 55 plus, downstairs at the Supply Room pub, Mana 5.30pm-7pm on Friday 15 May.
Queries and RSVP to Krys 027 645 1075.

Mana Arts exhibition
At their clubrooms, Plimmerton domain. Saturday 30 May-Monday 1 June 10am-4pm
All works are for sale. Support local artists!

Mystery solved
In the sea out from Sunset Parade you can see a white buoy and rusting railway irons. What
is the story? Who built them and why? Read the story in June

Porirua Harbour Trust seeks trustees
Porirua Harbour and Catchment Community Trust is an independent charitable trust with the
aim to ‘promote sustainable management of Porirua Harbour and catchment.’
They have a vacancy and invite expressions of interest from people willing to volunteer time
and skills. They want to represent the diversity of our community with people who have
experience in urban and rural issues, recreation on ad around the harbour, community
consultation and motivation, communication and education. Appointment will be for a
three year term.
For information
Please send expressions of interest including CV and outline of relevant interests to by 5pm Friday 1 May.

Greater Wellington Regional Council invites you to have your say
They say, “We need your help in shaping the future of our region.”
Comment on their long term plan

Plimmerton Green and Gold trail think tank to meet
A team if getting together to plan development of content for Plimmerton’s Green and Gold
trail. This is a walk around the area highlighting natural history features and the social
history. Interested in research, writing, interviewing, the natural history of this area and
the people who shaped it? Better call us quickly so you can be in at the start.

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