By now you should have received the April 2022 issue of our Kōrero newsletter in your letterboxes. It is also available as a PDF download on our Kōrero page.
Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne.
The tōtara tree has fallen in Tāne’s great forest.
With sorrow and with heartfelt gratitude, we mourn the passing of our beloved June.
June was acknowledged for her service to our community last year, when she was granted the Freedom of Pukerua Bay and the previous year, with her well-deserved receipt of a Porirua Civic Award. But these are only tokens. June’s life embodied the spirit of service, care, and faith. Together with husband Mike, she was a “true villager”. She touched our lives in her care for the environment and in the personal care she gave so many people. She demonstrated quiet courage in facing personal tragedy and unwavering fortitude in enduring what has been an extended period of illness.
June will be deeply missed and always remembered. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mike and to all the family.
Kia ora e te whānau o Pukerua. The alert levels have changed – yeeha! What does Level 2 mean for us? As you know, the headlines are about wearing face coverings, keeping track of where you’ve been, and practising basic good hygiene. This short article breaks it down further:
The Government’s social housing agency, Kāinga Ora, has asked Porirua City Council to change PCC’s proposed District Plan to allow for buildings at least six-stories high in several areas in Porirua, including part of Pukerua Bay.
This comes from the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD), which is a policy that councils have to incorporate into their plans and allow to operate — they have no choice about this. In the words of the policy statement, ‘Councils must give effect to these objectives and policies.’ There is a one-page summary here.
It’s an attempt to improve how cities respond to growth to enable improved housing affordability and community wellbeing.
Some of the provisions in it apply to the areas under the most pressure — the Tier 1 councils. Wellington region is one of these.
The relevant part to the NPS-UD is Policy 3, which says that for tier 1 local authorities, maximum capacity must be enabled in city centre zones. They must also enable development of at least six storeys in metropolitan centre zones and within walkable distances of rapid transit stops, and the edge of city centre and metropolitan zones. In these locations, six storeys are not a target, but is a minimum for what must be enabled in plans. If assessments show that both demand and access are high in these areas, councils should enable heights and densities that reflect this.
The government has provided advice to councils with high- or medium-growth urban areas on how to meet the requirements in the NPS-UD.
Kāinga Ora’s proposal
Kāinga Ora has proposed that these 6-storey minimum buildings be allowed in six areas in Porirua. (Their full submission is here — number 81 in the list.)
Kāinga Ora maps of high-density zones — Pukerua Bay is the first map in the document, and the high-density zone is the orange and white striped area centred around the train station. There is also an online map you can enter your address into to find the nearest high-density zones.
This appears to be a standard submission Kāinga Ora is making around the country to include this form of intensification in councils’ District Plans and is not specifically targeted at Porirua. The areas seem to be simply drawn around train stations and certain urban facilities, such as shopping centres, without any analysis of whether they are suitable. Or, in the case of Pukerua Bay, whether our train station counts as a ‘rapid transit stop’ and whether ‘both demand and access are high’ for intensive development in this area.
The proposal would allow for very little input at the resource consent stage by affected neighbours.
We are allowed to make further submissions in response to ones like Kāinga Ora’s submissions – even if we didn’t make a submission initially.
The further submission can only respond to initial submissions and can’t bring up new matters. They must say what you agree with or disagree with and why.
Deadline for further submissions
These must be with PCC by 11 May.
Need a hand?
The summary reports are complex and PCC is able to help you understand them.
You can make an appointment to talk to a member of PCC’s planning team. Please email or call: email@example.com ph 04 237 5089
If you would like help making a further submission, an independent ‘Friend of the Submitter’ service is available. Please email or call FriendofSubmittersPDP@poriruacity.govt.nz ph 021 532 284
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday January 29.
Moira, Nikky, Jonathan, Iain, and Kate
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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’.
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.