Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?
September 2015
Break-ins in Plimmerton … did you see anything?
Topor Bistro and Bar was broken into in on the night of Friday 21 August and property damaged
and stolen.
A few weeks ago Black Rose Florist was broken into and burgled too. And there have been
several attempted break-ins at other businesses here in recent weeks too. If you were passing
Topor on Friday and saw or heard anything that could help the police to catch the thieves please
call Porirua police 238 1400.
It is disconcerting to think that thieves and vandals are hanging around this area at night. One
practical solution could be security cameras recording number plates of vehicles entering and
exiting the area at the entrances to Plimmerton and in Steyne Ave. Options for these are
currently been evaluated.
Anyone with expertise in this area who could advise PRA’s police liaison, Brendan ‘Compy’
Gardner, please contact him at

Scoot-in and planting for Karehana Park completion!
Karehana Park’s scooter path is being poured. The first section of path has been poured, the
second section will be poured this week and the new picnic area will be boxed up. Exciting
stuff. This is definitely your final chance to buy a paver ... your last chance to make your mark
on the park. Planting, picnic furniture installation and road marking of the path will complete
the mammoth effort.
Regular updates are posted on the Plimmerton Residents’ Association Facebook page and on
Community planting day Saturday 26 September (9:00am - midday). Roll up with your
gardening kit, all welcome.
Scoot-in opening event 22 November - details next time.

Thanks for your feedback
• A load of bollards

Several residents have been in touch with us about the broken bollards on SH1 at the entrance to
Plimmerton. This is caused by illegal parking which also churns up the grass area and creates a
safety issue with vehicles backing out onto the busy road. We are advised that these bollards will
be replaced soon with more robust bollards that no motorist will want to tangle with. The
council will be issuing parking tickets to people parking on this grassed area.

• Victory Park (by the pavilion)

Many of you think that this park has become overgrown and tatty. We can advise you that the
council is working on the design for a new playground to be constructed there next year. People
would like to see the huge pohutukawas there trimmed to let more light in as the whole area has
a gloomy, overgrown feeling. There are plans to refurbish gardens in the park and generally
liven it up as soon as the playground design footprint is confirmed. The 2000 centennial time
capsule is buried there and a flagpole and World War One memorial are being planned for that
area too.

• Parking planned

PRA is still working with various agencies on the planned development of a parking area at the
other side of the entrance to Plimmerton. Rail authorities have gifted the land for this purpose
and we could have 10-15 parks there with room for wind surfers to do their rigging and for
families to unload their beach gear. Consultation is ongoing with agencies and local residents.

Hot-desking and wi-fi lounge now in Plimmerton Village
The Desk Dock now shares space with Emerging Light Gallery and Ak-Tiv Architecture Ltd. The
Desk Dock offers hot-desking opportunities for people with home-based businesses to get away
from the kitchen table! Desk rates from $7.50 an hour or for weekly continuous use $100 (plus
gst) a month. You can now sit in the gallery and get access to wi-fi for a very reasonable rate
while enjoying the art on display. 15B Steyne Ave next to Black Rose Florist
Find out more or or ring Michael
Bennington 021 191 3656 or email

Share your experience and skills with your community
Can you drive a truck, play the drums, offer crisis support, teach people to read, tutor in art,
share your building-related skills, work with the elderly or read with children? Volunteer Porirua
has lots of interesting roles on its books right now. Gain work experience, meet new people,
learn new skills, network in your community, make a difference … and have some fun.
Contact them 237 5355 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Pop in to Pember House
16 Hagley Street in Porirua or email

Bellyful Porirua serves meal number 5000
Congratulations to the Bellyful team who have given a helping hand to so many families with a
new baby or a sick family member. Coordinator Rebecca Morahan is delighted that they have
reached this impressive total in just four years. She reminds us that Bellyful is not funded and
relies on our generous support and the work of its volunteer team. If you can help contact
Rebecca at

Lock your cars at all times … and never leave valuables in the car!
Timely advice from local police sergeant Andrew Hosking. There has been a spike in theft from
vehicles in this area so be warned and be careful! They tell us that these thieves are
opportunist and will strike quickly and wherever they see anything tempting in a car. So even if
it’s just a minute in the dairy, outside your home, at the gas station, or at the sports field … lock
up and take any valuables with you.

Your old cell phone can help sick children
Starship Hospital is collecting unused cell phones as a fund raiser. You can drop yours in to Kapi
Mana News, 14 Hartham Place, Porirua.

DOC warning poison drops on Colonial Knob scenic reserve
Keep the kids and dogs away from this area during August as some pretty heavy duty rat and
possum eradication poison is being laid there.

Polishing Porirua … prettying things up for 50th birthday
A team is organising a spruce up round the city to celebrate Porirua’s birthday. The painting,
planting and clean up with culminate in a bbq at Te Rauparaha arena on 3 October. Planting
will take place soon around the city, shoreline and suburbs and parks. If you are organising a
clean-up or sprucing up an area put photos on the Polishing Porirua Facebook page.

Pukerua Bay Kitchen Tour Sunday 30 August
11am-3pm just $20 to see a wide range of kitchens and go home inspired. Tasty treats to buy
along the way. This is a fund raiser organised by Pukerua Bay Kindergarten. Just $20 a ticket

Mountain bike track progress exciting
A joint effort to build a mountain biking tack in Porirua was launched in April. This volunteerbuilt track is intermediate level and will link Colonial Knob reserve with Raiha street walkway.
The groups involved … Mana Cycle Group, DOC, Ngati Toa and PCC are pleased with progress and
say it will be completed by the end of the year. MCG president Mark Harris says, “It’s going to
be mega amazing … six kilometres of trails … it will give people another reason to come to

Are you semi-retired? Resting between engagements? Ready for a challenge?
An empty nester? New to this community? Burdened with talent to be
Well we have just the job for you. We are looking for three project managers to manage some
really interesting planned activities in Plimmerton. Whatever your interests … arty, outdoorsy …
there is plenty of action in these roles. If you have a few hours a month to devote to your
community then contact us today!

New Zealand shakeout on Thursday 15 October at 9.15am
A national earthquake drill will give us all the chance to practice the right action to take in an
earthquake … drop, cover and hold. You are invited to:

Sign up at
Spread the word through your friends, families, workmates and social media contacts
Do the drop, cover and hold drill on 15 October.

Community response plan
The community response plan is being reviewed and everyone interested will be invited to the
first meeting. We will advise the event when WREMO (Wellington Regional Emergency etc.) has
confirmed a date. If you live in Mana, Camborne or Plimmerton areas the plan covers you.

Support local businesses and groups, they make our village a more vibrant
• Topor bistro and bar

Porirua’s only restaurant in Wellington on a plate! Great achievement Val and Steve.
Two course lunch special $35 and three course dinner $60 … and both include a free drink. Try
the special menu and enjoy! Until 30 August … bookings essential 233 9939. Book your predinner theatre meal soon for September’s season of Misconceptions.

• Mana Little Theatre presents Misconceptions a tragic-comedy

2-5 September 8pm, 6 September 3pm, 9-12 September 8pm. Bookings email or 021 0257 7648.

• Big Salami winter treats

Come in out of the cold for wonderful coffee, tasty traditional pizzas … and the very indulgent
gluten-free walnut and date slice with lemon cream cheese icing (no calories).

• Ezee meals pre-prepared and frozen for your convenience

Buy yours at St Andrew’s church hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2pm. Stock up the freezer
for convenience on those days when it’s too cold to put your nose out the door. For menu and
info, call 233 9781 or email

• Beau Cadeaux

Gorgeous giftware, sumptuous homewares, jewellery, cards and other lovely treats. You need
to see it for yourself. Call in and say hello to Robynne. Beach Road just around the corner from
the shops on the way to the fire station!

• Plimmerton Fish

Athena and Peter are still soaking up the sun in Greece and will reopen on 31 August. Best fish
and chips in NZ.

• The Family Store

Volunteers always needed … pop in and meet Elvyn, the store manager. All quality donated
goods are gratefully received. Please drop things off in working hours.
Call 238 2375 if you have items to be collected (i.e. large items or a large amounts of items).
Again we thank Elvyn and her team for the effort they put into making the store an attractive
focus in the village. As usual we ask (beg, plead) that you do not drop stuff after hours as it
attracts undesirables.

• Plimmerton Taj

Get in out of the wind and rain and warm up with some tasty spicy food. Their special at the
moment is the popular sesame chicken platter. Lunch Wednesday to Sunday 11-2.30pm, dinner
seven days from 5pm till late. Call 233 0474 to place your order or make a booking.

• Kafé Oranje

Open all day 8am-4pm every day for tasty coffee and delicious delicacies and smiling service.
New to the menu, bangers and mash, just perfect for these colder days. Plus other yummy
winter warmers like soups and chowders. Enjoy their new enclosed courtyard with outdoor

• Black Rose florist

Perk up your life with some sweet smelling spring flowers! Gorgeous daffies and boronia
perfume the air as you pass this splendid floral and gift emporium. The hot sellers right now are
phalaenopsis orchids … just gorgeous.

• Palmers Garden Centre

Everything you need for your spring gardening … yes, spring is nearly here, even if you are still
hunched over the heater in your thermals and cannot quite believe it. Get the veggies in and
trizzy up the flower beds with some colour. The work will warm you up too. Smell the delicious
spring perfumes and the pretty blooms … boronia, daphne, helibores and magnificent grey

• Mondo Café

In Palmers Garden Centre, Mondo café offers brunch, lunch and coffee in the relaxed botanical
ambience. Graeme and Sally with their friendly team bake everything on-site and will give you a
warm welcome.

• Plimmerton Thai

Healthy genuine Thai food. Take-away menus outside for you to take home and study.

• Emerging Light Gallery presents con-fluent

Don‘t miss this collaboration between poets and artists … runs till 24 September.

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