Kōrero: News and stories from Pukerua Bay

Kōrero is Pukerua Bay’s new community newsletter. It’s a place for keeping our community connected and informed. A place for celebrating what we have and working together to make it better. Through the generous support of our advertisers and sponsors, issues will periodically land in your letterbox throughout the year.

National Library of New Zealand: 45369835 / ALMA 21361949640002836
WorldCat: OCLC 1249555898

Next Issue: out in June 2022

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Kōrero is brought to you by a small group of locals in the hope that, over time, everyone in our community will find something in it that is useful, interesting … even exciting! For that to happen, we need your involvement. If you have items to contribute or would like to advertise, please email us via newsletter@pukeruabay.org.nz or use the Contact Us form on this website.

The copy deadline for the next issue is Sunday 15 May, 2022.

Editorial, April 2022

Tena koutou e te whānau.   It’s a pleasure to bring you the second issue of Kōrero for 2022.

The theme for this issue is urban planning, a theme that we connect with the value of whanaungatanga (see opposite). Our village has made it clear that friendliness and caring are big parts of who we are and who we want to be. As we look to the future and all the changes coming towards us, whanaungatanga is a value we want to hold onto.

The issue begins with items from Iain MacLean and Guy Marriage outlining some of the changes coming our way as result of decisions by both central and local government (pages 4-5). We all know that there’s a housing shortage. We all care that our young people have the chance to have homes of their own. But how do we feel about what has been decided? And how can we make sure that the planned changes don’t come at a cost to other things that are really important to us?   

Guy asks whether you prefer us to densify or sprawl, and on pages 6-7 you can read the stories of two whānau who have gone the densification route.  Pat Hanley and his partner recently subdivided their property and built a new whare, whereas Emma Pym and her partner have moved into a new property on land that was once a renowned backyard garden. (Older residents will remember the freesias!)  What thoughts do their stories spark for you?

The village planning review process has provided great insights into the thoughts and aspirations of our community. We pull some of this together on page 9, and then share some direct quotes from residents on pages 10-11. We think you will be inspired!

We have contributions from two members of the talented Winchester whānau. Megan’s poem (page 12) was written when she was only seven. A spooky vibe but also, she captures an amazing sense of this place. Nikky introduces the idea of a ‘transition town’, an idea that seems to address a lot of the values and priorities we share. Does the idea appeal to you?

If all this sparks a desire to get involved and share ideas with others, we have just the thing! On Wednesday April 27, a community workshop will be held at the School and Community Hall. It will be a chance to learn about the Porirua City Council’s Northern Growth Structure Plan and find out how we can have some input. Perhaps we could create a structure plan of our own!

In our next issue, we’re going to keep thinking about the future of our place, but with the theme will be climate change.  As always, we welcome your contributions. You’ll find our contact details on page 18 – we’d love to hear from you!

Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa.
Let us keep close together, not wide apart.

We acknowledge mana whenua of Pukerua Bay, Ngāti Toa Rangatira. For Ngāti Toa news, see www.ngatitoa.iwi.nz

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