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!

COVID-19 response update

Pukerua Bay’s COVID-19 response group has now met several times. It’s all systems go for activating our network of support. We have 18 street champions covering all of the Bay.

Last year, we also had a layer of volunteers. This became a little too complicated but what did work really well was all the support neighbours gave each other. If you had a local Facebook group or phone tree last time, maybe you could start it again?

For more information, please go to the community website COVID-19 page at pukeruabay.org.nz/coronavirus

To access help, please:

Stay well, Pukerua Bay!

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.

Village Plan survey drop-in session this Saturday!

Hi everyone, a reminder that there will be a drop-in session for completing the Village Plan survey this weekend:

10am-12 pm, Saturday 17 July 2021
at St Mark’s, Rawhiti Road (with Greedy and Co. bikkies to entice you!)

If you prefer to work on paper, we’ll bring printed copies to the drop-in sessions and leave some at the library. They can be returned to the library or dropped off at 2 Pukerua Beach Road. See our Village Plan page for more information.

Do you wish the Council would stop cutting down apple trees? Wondering about what happens to our community when Transmission Gully goes through? Or do you have a great idea for a new facility? Please share your thoughts – this is our chance to make plans for how we want our place to be! ?

Food Forest Garden working bee

We’ll be at the Community Garden and Food Forest this Saturday:

Date: Saturday 12 June 2021, 10 am to 12 noon (ical)
Place: Food Forest Garden, Muri Reserve (map)

Feel free to come along as we’ll be working on the berry area and usual maintenance, plus the usual cups of tea from the thermette. If available, you can bring gloves and hand tools, and green matter for the compost bins (e.g. veg scraps). We now have two regular mornings in the garden:

  • 2nd Saturday of the month
  • Last Wednesday of the month

We look forward to catching up with you soon,
Pukerua Bay Community Garden & Food Forest members

Kāinga Ora’s proposal on multi-level buildings in Pukerua Bay

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.

There is a fact sheet on intensification here.

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.

Further submissions

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.

There are links on this page to the ways you can make further submissions by filling out this Word document form.

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: dpreview@pcc.govt.nz 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

Six or more Storey Buildings for Pukerua Bay?

This Saturday 24 April at 2pm the Pukerua Bay Residents’ Association will be holding a meeting for residents at the Pukerua Bay RSA clubrooms at 5 Wairaka Road to discuss a submission in response to the Kāinga Ora proposal for High Density Zones in Porirua City, including Pukerua Bay.

Date: Saturday, 24 April, 2pm – 4pm (ical)
Venue:
Pukerua Bay RSA, 5 Wairaka Road (map)

Louise White, Planner in the Environment & City Planning Team, and Emily Bayliss, an independent ‘Friend of the Submitter’, will both attend to assist residents better understand Kāinga Ora’s submission and the further submission process. Cr Josh Trlin will also be coming to the meeting.

Kāinga Ora has made a request for a high-density residential zone, enabling buildings of six storeys or more. For more context to Kāinga Ora’s request you can read and download the full submission here:

Submission 81 Kainga Ora – Homes and Communities (PDF, 122 MB)

Specific reference to a high-density residential zone is made on pages 10 & 16 of the submission, and in attachments 2 and 3. Further reading useful to setting the scene can be found on the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development NPS page, here:

National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD)

Long Term Plan consultation 2021

The Porirua City Council Long Term Plan (LTP) Consultation is underway for 2021. The LTP sets the direction, priorities and budgets for the city for the next 30 years, and details the planned services, activities and projects for Porirua, and how Council will pay for them. Community input is essential to make sure the council have the right focus. Public consultation is open from 26 March 2021 to 27 April 2021.

Download: Long Term Plan consultation document (PDF)
Make a submission online: submissions.pcc.govt.nz

Community Workshop

Mana Cruising Club, 5 Pascoe Ave, Ngāti Toa Domain, Paremata, 7 April, 7-8pm (Facebook event)

Community Drop-Ins

Pātaka, Cnr Parumoana Street & Norrie Street, 10 & 11 April, 12 noon – 2pm (Facebook event)
North City Shopping Centre 2 Titahi Road, Porirua, 16 and 17 April, 10am – 1pm (Facebook event)
North City Shopping Centre 2 Titahi Road, Porirua, 18 April 10am – 12 noon (Facebook event)

For more information, upcoming event details and supporting documentation, see the Council LTP consultation page.