Announcements

Please be mindful during lambing season

A request from Carrad’s farm, to please keep off the farm during lambing season until December. Walkers and bikers can disturb the sheep which can sometimes result in lambs being abandoned, especially by the younger ewes. This includes all farm access from Rawhiti Road, Kapekape Place, and Raroa Place. Please respect this request; we are allowed access to the private farm at the discretion of the owners.

A message from the Pukerua Bay dairy

Due to illness and the lockdown conditions, opening hours may vary. Most days, the dairy will be open from 9am till 7pm. Please remember to use the COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in. The QR code is on the door. Please wear a mask or bring evidence if there is a medical reason not to wear one.

And a message from our community: Thank you Chandry and Cheryl for keeping the store open at this difficult time – we are grateful!

Community response to the Level 4 lockdown

Pukerua Bay’s 2020 Covid-19 response group has met online to re-establish and discuss suitable local responses to the present Level 4 alert.

  • There is a need to plan for escalation beyond 3 days, which would involve reaching out to volunteers.
  • We have agreed it is best to contact street champions to see if they would be keen to help again, and review of geography may be needed. Note that for privacy reasons, the broader volunteer contact details were deleted as agreed in 2020.
  • Porirua City Council has been in touch with the Pukerua Bay Residents’ Association. Speed has meant they haven’t been able to activate anything yet but if you hear of anybody in immediate urgent need, please let us know so we can alert teams that are still working on site at the Council and at the Wellington Regional Emergency Operations Centre. Any links that we are advised of will be made available.

National Warning: Tsunami Threat

There is a tsunami warning in effect for most of New Zealand following an 8.1 earthquake in the Kermadec Islands region. Please monitor the official Civil Defence sources for more information:

As of 10:30 am today (5 March 2021) People in all New Zealand coastal areas should:

  1. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates, or check www.civildefence.govt.nz
  2. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area
  3. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, this includes boats)
  4. Stay off beaches and shore areas
  5. Do not go sightseeing
  6. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends

Evacuation advice overrides the current COVID-19 Alert Level requirements. Listen to local Civil Defence authorities and follow any instructions regarding evacuation of your area. If you are told to evacuate do not stay at home. Stay 2 metres away from others if you can and if it is safe to do so.

Pukerua Bay tree blitz this week

There will be four to five nights of works commencing this week along Pukerua Bay State Highway 1 to attend to the roadside vegetation and trees. Works will start on Sunday night (31 January 2021) and expect to run through to Thursday night, weather allowing. All work will be done at night, progressing north to south, starting on Sunday night down by the 50 km sign at the bottom of the hill.

  • Wellington Electricity will be clearing trees from power lines,
  • Fulton Hogan will be cutting back roadside and footpath vegetation, and
  • Treescape will be removing some of the trees.

Details of the works are provided in the satellite map plans below.

Escarpment Track closed for slip repair

Slip on the Escarpment Track, north of Pukerua Bay
Escarpment Track slip, north of Pukerua Bay. Photo: Kiwirail

From the Te Araroa Wellington Trust: Please note that the Escarpment Track will be closed Tuesday and Thursday (1st and 3rd of December). On Tuesday a Te Araroa contractor will be clearing a slip across the track right above a huge slip that flows down almost to the railway line. On Thursday, KiwiRail contractors will be working from ropes placing sensors on the fences recently installed across the huge slip. These sensors will let Kiwirail train control know if any surface material has possibly slipped across the railway line. The ropes will be placed over the walking track which will therefore be dangerous to cross, hence the closure. The huge rainstorm in the area could cause other slips along the track, especially in the area of the two swing bridges. It is therefore possible that this programme may change.

Pukerua Bay Library to be earthquake strengthened

Over the next six weeks the cutest little library in New Zealand (if not the world) is going to be earthquake strengthened. As much as possible the crew will be working around our opening hours, so Nuala will still be there ready to issue and return your books as always on Tuesdays & Thursdays 2pm – 5pm, and Saturdays 10am – 1pm.

For more information: Pukerua Bay Library

Coffee in Pukerua Bay!

Pukerua Bay now has a café of sorts – the new coffee caravan from Greedy & Co. on the grounds of the former St. Mark’s chapel on 98 Rawhiti Road, opposite the school (map).

Open 8am – 1pm, Tuesday–Saturday. Fresh roasted coffee, hot drinks and home-made baking including pies, scones, muffins, and gluten-free banana loaf.

After the successful opening day on the 4th of July, Renée and Sarah said on Facebook:

“WOW what an amazing day! We cannot believe all the support we received from all of you wonderful people! Thank you for all your patience while we found our way around our new space, it meant the world to us! See you all on Tuesday for round two”?

“Thank you” photo message, from the Greedy & Co. Facebook page

Contact by phone +64 27 473 3391 (SMS) or email, greedyandconz@gmail.com

New drinking fountain installed and ready to use!

The school kids proposed it, the skateboarders wanted it, the escarpment track walkers will be glad of it, and dogs will also benefit from it. The new long-awaited drinking fountain and refilling station by the skate park and playground is installed and ready to use! Check it out next time you’re out for a walk.

Work on driving the pipe down the pathway from Sea Vista Drive and building the concrete pad and small retaining wall was completed this week.