Plimmerton Residents’ Association Newsletter

What’s new in Plimmerton?
October 2015
Community planting day at Karehana Park Saturday 26 September
Thanks to the 40 plus folk who turned up to plant trees and shrubs, seed the grass and do all
the raking and mulching. The park is looking amazing and is well worth a visit. Thanks to
Michael Pennington for his fantastic design, Roger Johnston for his drive, Bill Inge and PCC
for their support, PCC and Tim on the day … and everyone who helped.
Diary this one: Karehana Park official opening … Scooterthon 22 November … details on
Facebook and in next month’s newsletter.

Coffee rewards for beach cleaners
Every day Ryan Kellahan walks his dog Lukas on Plimmerton beaches. And every day they
return home with a pile of junk collected from the beach. Ryan organised a beach clean-up
this Saturday and shouted coffee for the first five volunteers to muster at The Big Salami.
He roused troops through Facebook pages (great work Ryan).
Diary this one: Sunday morning 8 November Plimmerton’s Big Spring Clean where all the
recreation areas here get the ‘Ryan’ treatment. We all meet over at Big Macs Slabs then
head off in fire engines to allocated area. We then reconvene for a whoopdedoo sausage
sizzle. Everyone welcome … including all the new recruits!
Check out Polishing Porirua projects

WW100 photos and stories
Allan Dodson, local war historian, is publishing stories of 26 men from the wider Porirua area
who served in the Boer War. The website he has set up for this work also lists 200 men and
women from this district who served in the First World War. These stories will be posted
from the end of October this year. If you know of any other WW1 service men and women
from this area who should be included Allan is happy to research their stories. In 2016 Allan
will tackle the huge job of compiling the stories of World War 2 servicemen and women from
this area.
You can contact Allan

Plimmerton heritage trail background work well under way
A dynamic team is researching and writing stories about key natural and social history
events and locations in Plimmerton. These will be identified on signs at each location and
on maps around the area with information accessible in several ways.
Currently a designer is developing a logo, location signage, a map concept and web story
templates. All the behind things that need to be sorted are under way before the trail
comes on stream next year. Interested? Contact us (trails).

Diamonds unearthed in Plimmerton
Our item in the last newsletter for project management assistance has unearthed some
brilliant and multi-faceted people (to work the diamond theme). We are working with them
currently matching their experience and skills to projects on the boil.

Security systems for Plimmerton
Following response to our last newsletter, and the recent public meeting discussing security
in Plimmerton, we are following through with police, council and security specialist
recommendations. Those who expressed interest in assisting should contact Brendan
‘Compy’ Gardner who is heading up this project

Neighbourhood support groups … the best security of all
There’s a lot of interest in setting up groups after the recent crime spree here. Moves are
afoot to get the ball rolling on this. In The Big Salami you will find free booklets that will
help you set up your group and show you what you need to do at home too. Contact Alan
Reader through if you need assistance.

Sad Day on Beach Road
Every day Plimmerton parents load and unload school kids laden with coats and bags, small
people excitedly heading off to kindy and even smaller people in carry packs and push chairs
in and out of vehicles around the school and kindergarten area … and also the Plunket,
church playgroup, toy library and medical centre.
Currently people can motor past these families at 50kph which is too fast. There is simply
no way that a driver can respond to someone darting onto the road quickly enough on our
narrow, winding, hilly roads when travelling at that speed. Young children can be
unpredictable and move quickly.
Two weeks ago a small dog who had been frolicking on the beach unexpectedly raced up
onto Beach Road and was killed with a ghastly thump. The driver went into shock and the
dog’s owner was distraught. A vet nurse assisted and when the little dog was found to be
dead she wrapped him gently. A witness who helped out at the scene kindly drove the
shocked owner and her little dog home.
This beloved little companion dog lay in the home for two days surrounded by his favourite
toys and flowers as friends and family said their goodbyes.
The driver was not speeding (though many do, every day) but 50kph is too fast. Events like
this cause widespread devastation and show what could so easily happen to a child.
The trend nationwide and internationally is to slow traffic in school zones. In Wellington
CBD it is proposed to drop the speed limit to 30k. Other suburbs in the area (like Lower
Hutt) have school zones which limit speed at the key times of day.
We are working to get this situation urgently reviewed here. Representatives from the
primary school, kindergarten, Plunket, play groups, toy library and medical centre and
parent representatives can contact us We will make headway
faster with a united effort.

Maintenance issues
A long list of street and footpath repairs, planting issues on Steyne Ave, and rail-related
issues has been discussed with council staff. Lots of holes have appeared in strange places
as a result of a long, wet, miserable winter. If you see things that need repair… blocked
drains, cracks and holes in streets and footpaths … call Porirua City Council’s hotline 237
5089 and drop us an email to

Mainline steam … join the Marklin Express … Sunday 25 October
Steam-hauled excursion from Plimmerton to Pahiatua. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kapiti
Coast and the impressive Manawatu Gorge. Leaving Plimmerton 8.20am, returning 6.40pm.
Fares Include entry and railcar ride at Pahiatua Rail Car Society - adults $145, children $105:
BBQ lunch available $15. Bookings 04 233 8131 business hours.

Plimmerton Boating Club 90th celebrations heat up
Friday 2 October 8pm dinner and with musician Don Wilson.
Saturday 3 October from 6pm dinner and show with The Hollywoods (dinner $20, show
Sunday 4 October 90th anniversary celebrations 10am opening day race, 2pm opening
ceremony, 2pm chocolate treasure hunt/dive, 3pm afternoon tea, 5.30pm carvery ($17.50).
Posters and info on all the action

Porirua Historical Association celebrating 50 years!
The society invites you to join them for a film, high tea and a guided tour!
Saturday 17 October at 1.30pm.
You’ll see the film ‘Reel Life in Porirua’ which will be followed by high tea and a guided
tour through the ‘Made in Porirua’ exhibition at Pataka. All welcome, FREE entry! RSVP by
Friday 2 October to Brian Mosen 233 0709 or

Make friends, learn new skills, use your talents, have a laugh
Volunteer Porirua is looking for people to help refugee families build a new life in our
community, be a jazzy jammer at music and dance sessions for kids with disabilities, work
with the team at Mary Potter hospice, restore native forests, deliver services to people with
disabilities, become accredited visitors for Age Concern, use building-related skills to help
with construction projects … and lots, lots more!
Contact Lynne and the team at Volunteer Porirua 237 5355 on Monday, Wednesday or
Friday or email

New Zealand ShakeOut Thursday 15 October at 9.15am
A national earthquake drill will give us all the chance to practice what to do in an
earthquake … drop, cover and hold. Register at
This will tell you how to participate and also has valuable information about preparing our
household for the worst.

Community response plan review … you can be part of the process
Our civil defence plan will be reviewed later in October. If you want to be part of this
process contact attention Alan Reader.

Digital opportunity
Crown Research Institute Landcare, is looking for someone with skills in design, software
and digital creativity. Isabella Cawthorn asks if you have these skills to contact them to
enjoy an amazing opportunity to use your powers in a getaway weekend. Applications to

Bras and knickers
Zonta Mana are collecting bras and knickers for women at Arohata Prison. They do this
every year and staff say that it makes a huge difference to the self-esteem of the women.
All sizes and styles are welcome. Bras can be a tiny bit pre-loved but knickers must be new!

Please drop these off to Robynne at her shop Beaux Cadeaux on Beach Road (Thursday to

Weed-eater found in mysterious circumstances
If you have lost a weed-eater and can identify yours … then it’s your lucky day. It can come
home. Contact

Parenting children course starts 21 October till 11 November
Do you want the best for your family and have children up to ten years of age? St Barnabas
Church are running a course for five Wednesday evenings from 7-9.30 pm. Contact or to register interest.

Plimmerton Croquet Club ‘have-a-go’ day Sunday 11 October
Come along to Plimmerton Croquet Club and have-a-go. Croquet is played by people of all
ages, it’s relaxing and great for stress, exercise for mind and body, challenging and fun …
and it’s a great social activity.
Have a go and see if you like it between 1.30 and 3.30pm at the club on Plimmerton Drive,
off Ulric Street. All you need is comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Everything else
is supplied. There will even be a green for the kids!

Plimmerton residents honoured in fifty year celebrations
Fifty local citizens who have given much to this community over the past 50 years will be
recognised next week as part of our city’s birthday celebrations. Check out our web site
next week for news of any Plimmerton people honoured. Well done!

Silver medal achievement for young bowler
Young lawn bowler Seamus Curtin won a silver medal at the recent Commonwealth Youth
Games. Photo and story on

Tomatoes for sale … 30 heritage varieties Saturday 17 October
Just $2 per individually potted plant. Cash only!
12 to 3pm Ngati Toa Hall at Ngati Toa domain.

Tagging blitz in Plimmerton
In the early hours of Saturday26 September youths disturbed dogs in local properties. The
youths were out tagging with black and blue spray paint through Plimmerton. The tags are
distinctive and were photographed and sent to police and other agencies before being
removed. Thanks to Peter Williams who scrubbed the offensive huge tags with turps and
made a difference. The tags were disrespectful of local art works and amenities including
shop walls, seaside seats, the pavilion and park and the domain.
The railway station was littered with beer bottles and drink cans so hopefully the cameras
there will have information about the culprits. If anyone driving through Plimmerton at that
time saw anything please let Porirua police know as soon as possible.
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