Iain MacLean

Contribute to new Pukerua Bay community newsletter

Kia ora koutou katoa … and Happy New Year

As you know, the school has published a community newsletter for many years. This has now ceased, so a group of us from the Residents’ Association thought we would give it a go.

We have developed some initial ideas about format, size, and content, and the main purpose will be to celebrate our community and help bring people together. We know we have the Facebook groups and website, but this will be for everyone. Something that doesn’t require a digital connection and that you can stick on the fridge.

The theme for the first issue will be, “2020 was tough – how can Pukerua Bay work together to make 2021 amazing?”

We’re not asking for details – just one or two sentences with a brief response to that question. Maybe you’d like to invite people to join your group, or maybe there’s a big event planned? What would you like people to know about?

We’re looking forward to hearing from you about the exciting things you’ve planned!

Please send your responses to our group email at newsletter@pukeruabay.org.nz by Friday January 29.

Moira, Nikky, Jonathan, Iain, and Kate

Have your say on Plimmerton Farm development

Submissions close 5pm, Thursday 2 July

Porirua City Council (PCC) is changing its District Plan to use a fast-track process for the Plimmerton Farm development, and is asking for the public to give their views on it.

This is our only chance to influence the outcome of this development by persuading the Minister for the Environment (who makes the final decision on the plan change) to protect the unique values of the Taupō Swamp and wetlands in the area. We will have to live with the decisions made now in perpetuity.

The Residents Association is working with the Friends of Taupō Swamp and Catchment (FOTSC) to help protect this environment.

You can help, too.

Everything you need to know is now up on the FOTSC website https://www.tauposwamp.org/plimmerton-farm-development.

Have a look at the “Have some more questions…?” document on the website. This is the culmination of input from many sources, and you can use it to help make a submission with the environment a priority, not a casualty, of planned development. There’s a lot there because there’s a lot to say.

You are free to use the words on it, but make them personal and write about the things you value the most.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UoA6uXzutlMBvunaFwkHdTSuz__TrG1s/view?usp=sharing

FOTSC has prepared an example of the submissions you can make. This will help simplify the process.

All the development information from PCC is on their website, along with links to the online submission page.

Remember: submissions are due 5pm Thursday, 2 July

Keep in touch and stay safe in Level 2

With the move to Level 2 in the Covid-19 response, we have also reduced our community response to keeping a eye on events. However, we still have a group of volunteers willing to help.

If you need some assistance with collecting essential goods, such as grocery shopping or collecting medicine, please get in touch with us by phoning Helen on 0211466421 or emailing Kelly at pukeruabayhub@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to look after your mental wellbeing (we have some advice here), and the City Council has some welfare information here.

Loving our place – Covid Courier #5

In a few weeks, you’re going to be asked to help review our Village Plan. In the past, residents have always said that one of the things they love most about Pukerua Bay is our beautiful natural environment.

This issue of the Covid Courier looks at some of what makes our place so special and offers you a chance to be given a copy of one of Gay Hay’s beautiful books! It also looks at some of the supports available as we change lockdown levels.

  • Kohekohe by Gillian Candler
  • Nature in Pukerua Bay by Gay Hay
  • We remembered on Anzac Day
  • Coping with change – support within our village and from outside

COVID Courier – Anzac issue

Hot off the press — Pukerua Bay’s COVID Courier ANZAC Day special!

Pukerua Bay has a long association with servicemen. Some of the men were living in the Bay when they enlisted, but many of them were associated with the Bay through friends and family.

Local historian, Margaret Blair, tells their stories in this special issue of COVID Courier.

Plan for the 25th: Stand at Dawn
The RSA and New Zealand Defence Force would like us to remember those who gave their lives for our country. At 6:00 am on Saturday 25 April, stand at your letterbox and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’.

Read the Anzac issue of the COVID Courier.

COVID Courier #3 is out

The latest edition of the COVID Courier is out, with more on our competitions.

Most of us are probably keen to hear the news — possibly tomorrow — about when we will move from Level 4 to Level 3.

In the meantime, we have more news about events in Pukerua Bay and the PKB Lockdown challenges.

We also have advice from one of our community members on linking up with someone if you’re feeling a bit down.

Read it all here. If you know a neighbour who would like it, but isn’t online or on social media, print a copy and drop it in their letterbox.

COVID Courier #2 out

The lastest edition of the COVID Courier is out with news and tips for getting through the rest of the lockdown.

And competitions! The limericks made us chuckle, but we want more.

Kirk has a challenge for you to help make videos and take photos about you and your family during the lockdown.

If you’re finding things getting a bit much, you don’t have to go through it on your own. The Courier has tips on where to find emotional support.

And there’s information about where you can worship this Easter – obviously from home – but there are Christian communities that have organised events anyone can join.

Read it all here.

New service to support people facing hardship

Porirua City Council is now part of a new service to help people get access to food and medication. It has been set up to assist people with disabilities, at-risk groups and people without access to their own transport.

The service is intended for those facing hardship and is in addition to other support measures provided by other agencies, such as Work and Income, and community groups like ours. It will deliver help and essential household supplies to the doorstep.

The regional CDEM groups have local helplines people facing hardship can ring. Porirua people can ring the Wellington Region Call Centre on 0800 141 967. This call centre is available between 7:00am–7:00pm and will put you in touch with the services you need.

If you don’t have the essentials you need to get through lockdown (such as food, medication or cleaning supplies), they ask that you should initially try calling a:

  • neighbour
  • family member who lives nearby
  • friend who lives nearby.

You can get in touch with the local helpers’ network we’ve set up in Pukerua Bay by using our ‘Ask For Help’ form and we can get someone to contact you. We can also organise people who can phone you regularly to see whether there is anything you need, or for a friendly chat.

However, if you don’t have these options available to you, or you would prefer to ask someone else, then please call the Wellington Region Call Centre on 0800 141 967.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

Where can I find ideas and information to help me and my family through this difficult time?

Reach out to your usual supports over the phone — family and whānau, friends and workmates. Sharing how we feel and offering support to others is important. 

Sticking to a routine such as having regular mealtimes, bedtimes and exercising really helps. 

If over the following days and weeks you feel you are not coping, it’s important to seek help and professional support. Your family doctor is a good starting point.

For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental well-being, you can also call or text the ‘Need to talk?’ service on 1737. This service is free, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and gives you the chance to talk it through with a trained counsellor.

There is excellent advice on the government’s Unite Against COVID-19 website on looking after your mental well-being.

Depression.org specific tips on coping with COVID-19
https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/

The Lowdown – for young people
https://thelowdown.co.nz/

Who could I call?

In a crisis

You should contact the mental health crisis teams in this area at
Te Haika 0800 745 477 (operating 24/7).

All the groups listed below have counsellors who will do whatever they can to help.

The Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 or text 4202
The Lowdown Team Free text 5626 or email the team using the link on the website.
Alcoholics Anonymous 0800 229 6757
Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
Anxiety Line 0800 2694 389
Healthline 0800 611 116
Lifeline 0800 543 354
Samaritans 0800 726 666
Victim Support 0800 842 846
Youthline 0800 376 633 or text 234