Introduction to 2012 Village Plan

The first Paremata Village Plan was published in 2012, after about 18 months of preparatory work by a small team of local volunteers working with members of the Porirua City Council (PCC) staff.  Several surveys of residents were undertaken to establish what we like about our Village and what we want to do to make it even better.

What we like about our village

The surveys showed that we love the location of Paremata, the easy access to excellent facilities (including schools) and public transport.  Our environment was identified as a real strength – the walkways, the views, the sea and the beaches.  We feel Paremata is a friendly area where a lot of people know their neighbours, so there is strong local pride and a sense of community.

What we want to do to make it even better

The joint issues which we most want to see addressed are local roading and traffic.  No doubt our dissatisfaction is mainly due to the congestion problems in Mana Esplanade, which is currently a four-lane State highway in all but designation.  We also want to see improvements in our environment, particularly Porirua Harbour and Pauatahanui Inlet which are suffering from pollution and silting.  We would also like to see improved facilities for youth in our area, more walkways and cycleways, and improved safe access to train stations.

Foreward to 2012 Village Plan

It’s my very great pleasure to introduce this first edition of the Paremata Village Plan, covering the suburbs of Paremata (which now includes Mana) and Papakowhai. Our plan has been developed in accordance with the Porirua City Council (PCC) Village Planning Programme, an award-winning Council initiative to improve and develop Porirua’s suburban communities through work programmes developed in partnership with the people of those communities.

 

I would like to thank on your behalf the PCC Villages Programme manager Ian Barlow and his team for all the work they have done to get this plan off the ground. My thanks in particular to Jenny Lester, who has been our liaison person and has taken on most of the development work including running surveys of residents to build a picture of what we want our ‘village’ to look like in future.

A huge thank you to the 300+ residents who participated in the concept, development, content and comments used in this plan.

Here is our template for that vision, now it’s up to us all to contribute to making that vision a reality.

Terry Knight
President
Paremata Residents Association

 
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