Kāinga Ora drop-in session

Kāinga Ora is inviting people to find out more about the proposed key features of a Specified Development Project (SDP) for the Porirua Northern Growth Area (NGA), and to provide feedback on the proposed project area, objectives, and governance body, at a drop-in session this weekend:

Where: Pukerua Bay RSA, 5 Wairaka Road, Pukerua Bay (map)
When: 2pm–4pm, Saturday 16 September 2023 (ical)

Read our summary here.

Kāinga Ora invites public feedback on the Porirua Northern Growth Area proposed key features

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities is inviting the public to provide feedback on proposed key features of a potential Specified Development Project (SDP) for the Porirua Northern Growth Area (NGA).

According to Kāinga Ora, the SDP process “supports collaboration between the public and private sectors and mana whenua, and is a tool that can be used to plan and deliver complex and transformational urban development projects, helping address Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing shortage.”

SDPs allow Kāinga Ora to take over some of the rule-making powers from local councils to ensure that multiple developments are integrated with each other and the surroundings. It’s intended to avoid issues where infrastructure is inadequate for growth and funding is not sorted out before work starts. It can also make sure issues like provisions for extra public transport, roading and schools are sorted early on in the process by working with the government agencies responsible for them.

Map of Porirua Northern Growth Area

The Northern Growth Area is around 1000 hectares of greenfield land in northern Porirua, primarily made up of seven major land blocks. It is the farmland between Camborne and Pukerua Bay, mostly on the eastern side of State Highway 59, and includes the Mt Welcome deer farm and the Muri block being developed by Barber Commercial (i.e., Jennian Homes).

This area has been identified by the Porirua City Council and the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee as suitable for future urban growth. In August 2022, it was selected for assessment as a potential SDP under the Urban Development Act 2020.

Since then, Kāinga Ora has been working in partnership with Porirua City Council and Ngāti Toa Rangatira to assess whether the NGA should be recommended for establishment as an SDP.

Here is a diagram of the SDP process (PDF). Kāinga Ora in Porirua is currently at step 1 (‘Kāinga Ora carries out initial assessment’).

Kāinga Ora is inviting people to find out more about the proposed key features and provide feedback on the proposed project area, objectives, and governance body, between 31 August and 29 September 2023.

They have organised two local drop-in sessions, which we are all welcome to attend:

  • St Andrews Church Hall, 11 Steyne Avenue, Plimmerton, 5pm–7.30pm Thursday 7 September 2023
  • Pukerua Bay RSA, 5 Wairaka Road, Pukerua Bay, 2pm–4pm, Saturday 16 September 2023.

You can also make a submission online: Online feedback form on the proposed SDP

If you can’t do either of these things but would like to know more, call 0800 801 601 and the Kāinga Ora team will organise for someone to speak with you. You can direct enquiries to sdp.enquiries@kaingaora.govt.nz.

Please note, this isn’t about the proposal in the District Plan for 6-storied buildings in Pukerua Bay. That is being considered by the panel that heard submissions on the District Plan earlier this year, and we are all waiting to hear the outcome of that. That’s out of our hands now.

Documents and useful links

Update on Northern Look-out to Brendan Beach track

PCC has provided an update on the slip remedial works on the track to Brendan Beach

Monitoring and geo-technical work is ongoing at the slip below the Pukerua Bay lookout on SH59.

This project is being led by Wellington Transport Alliance (WTA), in partnership with the various land owners in that area, including Porirua City Council.

In February this year, technical experts from WTA installed a number of geo-technical survey pins across the slip site.  These are being regularly monitored to assess for land movement and so far there has been no significant land movement.

Remote tilt sensors have also been recently installed to provide another source of data for the slip assessment.

This information will help guide the project’s next steps regarding what further slip assessments are required and how best to manage the land in the short and long term.

In the meantime, the pathway from the lookout car park to Brendan Beach will remain closed as it is not safe for the public to use.

Lambing time on Wairaka (Carrad’s) farm

We’ve had a request from the farmers of the land to the west of Pukerua Bay.

“Lambing on Wairaka Farm will be early this year. (Wairaka Farm is on the left as you go north through Pukerua Bay.)

We asking people NOT to go onto the farm from Tuesday 08 August until Tuesday 31 October. It is very important that mothers and lambs aren’t disturbed. Please pass this message on to anyone who needs to know.

Thanks to everyone for their help!!”

Road Works

Waka Kotahi has advised there will be two sets of works being undertaken in the next few days.

Sunday night (6 August 2023), a road repair will be done on SH59 near the corner of Wairaka Road. This was notified to the neighbours for Thursday but weather has pushed it out to Sunday – also weather permitting.

Monday night (7 August 2023) the watermain service lid at the intersection of SH59 and Gray Street will be lifted and given a concrete surround to make it level with the road. Service lid lifting is something that a team travels the highway network doing some time after road repairs and resurfacing jobs have been done. It can’t be done at the time of the works because of the extreme heat of the asphalt when it is laid.