Community of Pukerua Bay

Note: This is the outdated 2006 version of the Pukerua Bay Village Plan.

1. Introduction

This Village Plan Overview was produced by the Pukerua Bay Residents' Association with the involvement of the community of Pukerua Bay. Over the past two years, several public meetings were held, consultations took place and in 2006 a community survey was undertaken in order to receive a clear indication of what is important to the residents of this community and what they would like to see happen in our community in the future.

The survey results gave the Residents' Association the framework for this Overview. The Village Plan Overview is a living document and intended to be kept up-to-date over the coming years.

The Pukerua Bay Residents' Association

About Pukerua Bay

Pukerua Bay is a community rich in families and children. It has a unique village character, being a small semi-rural community at a seaside location, where most people know each other. The settlement history of the locality extends over hundreds of years, as evidenced by numerous Maori historic sites, with the continued relationship with Ngati Toa, and European settlement beginning with a few farms established in the late nineteenth century. Pukerua Bay now has a stable population of approximately 1,700 people.

Though physically divided into east and west by State Highway 1, the community forms a united front when it comes to preserving the marine environment and the iconic landscape and feel of Pukerua Bay, which has inspired writers, artists and movie directors.

Considering our size, we have many clubs and organisations, ranging from Folk Music, Civil Defence, Tennis Club, Cubs, Scouts, Pukerua Bay Soccer to Playgroup, Pre-School, and Plunket rooms.

We are fortunate to have two train stations, Muri Station to the north and Pukerua Bay Station to the south. As a result, those people who work in Porirua or Wellington are able to commute by train as an alternative to travelling by car along a very congested State Highway 1. Recently, within the village, a "walking school bus" scheme was put into action in 2006. This is an example of effective and valued cooperation between the school, parents, and Porirua City Council working together to improve the safety of our children and other pedestrians.

1.1. Background

What attracts people to living in Pukerua Bay?

According to the 2006 Village Plan Survey results, Pukerua Bay's residents put a high value on retaining the character of Pukerua Bay as a small seaside community by expressing a strong objection to more housing developments. The prioritisation part of the survey also identified protecting our beach and marine environment and providing for safe walking and cycling as the highest priorities, followed by "A natural environment", "Enjoying a quiet peaceful life", and "A place to raise children".

Qualities to foster

Pukerua Bay is endowed with a high degree of vegetation throughout the residential areas and enjoys an undisturbed rural outlook to the surrounding hills. The beaches and coast, unspoiled by development, also contribute to the natural environment residents of our community value so highly. These qualities need to be preserved in all planning, considering aspects such as visual pollution.

In general, our community is well aware of environmental concerns, in particular, by consequence, the impact of road traffic. State Highway 1 is likely to keep going through Pukerua Bay for many more years, therefore it is prudent to counter its effect by improving walking and cycling facilities, in particular concerning State Highway 1 crossings.

Lastly, the survey results reinforce the view that Pukerua Bay is a great place to raise children, precisely because of the natural environment, rural character, ease of access to the beach and outstanding marine environment. All of these features must be protected and enhanced, while at the same time action is required to address residents' concerns regarding State Highway 1, safe walking and cycling, further protection and recognition of our natural environment and the interrelationship of all these elements.

1.2. Vision

Community of choice for residents and families seeking a friendly, small village in a peaceful, unspoiled natural setting, supported by good local infrastructure and facilities.

The remainder of this document presents an itemised action plan for working towards this vision with objectives supporting the goals stated in it.

2. Marine Protection at Pukerua Bay

Planning objectives for Marine Protection 2007 - Ngati Toa

Our overall objective remains constant, to work closely with Ngati Toa to provide long term, legally robust marine protection for the shallow reefs at Pukerua Bay.

Pukerua Beach towards Kapiti Coast
Pukerua Bay beach

 
Pukerua Beach

3. State Highway 1, Walkways and Footpaths

3.1. State Highway 1 - Traffic & Pedestrian Safety

Pukerua Bay will be subject to increasing traffic volumes along State Highway 1 for the foreseeable future. Transit New Zealand estimates (2006) indicate current traffic volumes of 22,000 vehicles per day may increase to 32,000 vehicles per day over the next ten years, at which time Transmission Gully is projected to be constructed. To increase the safety of all travellers, modifications are required to ease congestion and reduce the hazards at intersections of State Highway 1 and local streets.

Rationale:

3.2. Footpaths

Rationale:

Footpath along State Highway 1
Footpath along SH1

Muri Road
Muri Road

Haunui zigzag path
Haunui zigzag path

3.3. Cycle Path

Rationale:

End of cycle path
End of cycle path in front of Charles Gray Homestead

Overview plan drawing of proposed cycle path
Overview plan drawing of proposed cycle path

3.4 Pedestrian Safety & "Walkability"

Rationale:

Pukerua Bay Kindergarten, Wairaka Road
Pukerua Bay Kindergarten, Wairaka Road

4. Recreational Facilities

4.1. Skate Park

Rationale:

Old skate park
Current skate park

4.2. Children's Playground (Pukerua Bay train station)

Rationale:

Playground in front of skate park
Playground in front of skate park

4.3. Mountain Bike Trail

Rationale:

4.4. Goat Track

Rationale:

4.5. Waterfront Enhancements

Rationale:

5. Heritage Programme

5.1. Gold Trail

The Gold Trail will cover cultural heritage sites. The preliminary work for this has been an ongoing process over the last three years. Historic buildings such as Charles Gray Homestead will be added to the Heritage and Protected Buildings register. Further sites include Pa Road, Maori burial ground.

Charles Gray Homestead
Charles Gray Homestead

37 historic sites have been identified as part of this Gold Trail. Together these sites, commencing at the Taupo Swamp and following a route to north of Pukerua Bay finishing at the memorial along Centennial Highway, provide a record of both Maori and European settlement which residents and visitors would be able to able to explore.

5.2. Green Trail

Secret Valley entrance
Secret Valley entrance

The Green Trail will cover ecological sites and notable trees.

This Green Trail, like the Gold Trail, will incorporate both Maori and European examples thanks to the support and assistance of Ngati Toa and local Pakeha historians.

6. Rural Review

Rationale:

Panoramic view of Pukerua Bay
Panoramic view of Pukerua Bay

7. Possible future considerations

Acknowledgments

The Pukerua Bay Residents' Association wishes to thank:

Appendix A - 2006 Village Plan Survey Results

2006 Village Plan Survey Results
2006 Village Plan Survey Results