Annual Reports

 

 

GUARDIANS OF PĀUATAHANUI INLET INC

ANNUAL REPORT

JUNE 2016

Introduction

On behalf of the Committee it is my pleasure to report on the activities undertaken by members and the committee in the past year.

 

Officers and Management Committee

The following officers and members comprised the Management Committee for 2015-16:

Chairperson                                    Tony Shaw

Secretary                                       Helen Reilly (from August 2015)

Treasurer                                       Stephen O’Neil

Membership Secretary                     Janet Ryan

Newsletter Editor & Webmaster         Michael Waldron

Committee                                      Mary Dinniss

                                                     Christine Stanley (from September 2015)

                                                     John Wells

 

We were very pleased to be able to co-opt Helen Reilly onto the committee as secretary and publicity officer last year. Helen is a professional public historian. Her name will be familiar, having been the author of Pāuatahanui A local history.

 

Sub-committee formed to support the Management Committee – November 2015:                                                           

                                                     Lindsay Gow

                                                     John McKoy

                                                     Philippa Richardson

 

PICT Winding Up

The Pāuatahanui Inlet Community Trust (PICT) was wound up in 2015. In discussion with trust members it was decided that upon the winding up they would be invited to join the GOPI committee.

 

We are delighted that Christine Stanley, Lindsay Gow, John McKoy and Philippa Richardson accepted our invitation. Together they bring an unparalleled knowledge of local history, ecological issues, conservation and experience in advocating for the Inlet. Our organization is considerably strengthened by having them as part of the management structure. Christine joined the management committee in Sep 2015, Lindsay, John McKoy and Philippa formed a sub-committee in November 2015.

 

Submissions

Duck Creek North Residential Development – Greater Wellington Regional Council Resource Consent Application

A written submission was made and a verbal presentation made at the hearings in April. The submission was neutral, requesting that any consent should be subject to specific conditions:

         a)      ensure protection of the stream and inhabiting species;

         b)      avoid deposition of sediment into the stream and harbour in rain events;

         c)      ensure there are no construction and occupation effects (sediment and contaminants) on DoC reserve and related salt marsh;

         d)      ensure low-impact design measures are implemented for ongoing stormwater management.

 

A consent has subsequently been granted, subject to the conditions largely including those requested in the submission.

 

Motukaraka Point Recreation Reserve – Porirua City Council Land Holding Review

A written submission and a verbal presentation were made regarding the possible disposal of the recreation reserve at Motukaraka Point. The GOPI committee had previously written to Porirua City Council expressing concern about the growing environmental risk arising from the number and increasing age of septic tanks serving the existing houses at Motukaraka Point. The submission requested that the reserve should be retained for possible use as a site for a community wastewater treatment facility at least until plans are in place to connect Motukaraka Point to the city wastewater system and the feasibility of such a connection has been established.

A decision has not yet been released.

 

Community activities

Inlet Clean-ups

The annual Inlet clean-up was held in December. As in the past the clean-up was jointly organised by GOPI and Keep Porirua Beautiful, with support from Plimmerton Rotary who

provided a barbecue at the finish and a number of the volunteers who went out to pick up rubbish. Paremata New World gave us their support by supplying the food for the barbecue and donating a grocery voucher for a lucky draw prize. The clean-ups are invariably well supported by the local community and this was no exception.

 

Annual Photographic Competition

This was the 16th year of the photographic competition, which saw 167 prints put before the judge, Geoff Marshall. Although the number of entrants and photographs entered was down from the last two years the standard of winning photos was as high as ever.

As in the previous two years the competition was preceded by a free workshop for young photographers in February. This was run for us by Destina Munro, president of Kapiti Camera Club. Five of the workshop participants were successful in the competition either winning Youth and Junior division prizes or highly commended.

Unfortunately due to renovations in the Whitby Mall it is not available for use as one of the display venues, instead we have been invited to place the display in the Duck Creek Restaurant. The display will be at the other regular venues: Porirua City Library, Palmers at Plimmerton and the Lighthouse Cinema at Pāuatahanui.

The winning and highly commended photos have been added to those from previous years as part of our website.

The Porirua City Creative Communities Fund continued its generous support of the photo competition and we wish to record our grateful thanks. We also received willing sponsorship from local businesses, many of whom have been long-term supporters of the competition.

Harvey Norman Porirua were again very generous in their support, providing free printing of up 8 photos per competitor.

This year we were able to offer sponsored prizes in the name of Clark & Co Realty, Mexted Performance Sports Surfaces, Whitby Pharmacy, Mana Cruising Club, Mitre 10 Mega, and Lighthouse Cinema .

Further sponsorship came from:

Aotea Motel and Café, Big Salami, Black Rose Florists Plimmerton, Colours Hair Design, Duck Creek Restaurant, Lavender Room, Leacroft Nurseries, Little Black Caravan, Mana Pharmacy, Marina Espresso, Mondo Espresso, Natraj Indian Restaurant, Palmers Plimmerton, Ruby's Café, Whitby Co-op Kitchen and Bar, Whitby New World, Whitby Pharmacy, Whitby Post and Bookshop.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support of the staff of Pataka, who facilitate our prize giving ceremony and give us a two-week rolling slide show in the Pataka spine, and Whitby Newsbrief and Kapi-Mana News, which both provide excellent coverage of the competition.

 

Books to Pre-schools

In February / March 2016, as part of the national Seaweek, we donated an appropriate book to each of the 16 local pre-schools The book titles were either ‘At the Beach’ or ‘Under the Ocean’ both by national prize winning Pukerua Bay author Gillian Candler.

We were able to obtain the books at a generous discount from the publishers Potton & Burton. The value of introducing the subjects in these books to young children was very well expressed in a thank-you letter from Mana Montessori Pre-school. ‘It is great to make links with our wider local environment and to use this book as a tool to reinforce in the children the value of our natural environment and the importance of looking after it.’

 

Important Committee activities

Seagrass Transplant Trials

We have continued monthly monitoring of the progress of small plots of seagrass transplanted within the Inlet. The trial was established by Greater Wellington Regional Council and NIWA. We are very pleased to be involved with the trial as implementing a seagrass restoration plan is part of the Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Action Plan.

 

Cockle Survey

Planning is underway for the 2016 Cockle Survey to be carried out in November or December

 

Education Groups

We have represented GOPI at regular meetings of people and organisations involved in education about the Porirua Harbour and environmental education in the greater Wellington area generally. The purpose of the meetings is for all those involved to be aware of what programmes are being provided and what opportunities there are to work together.

We have decided not to add to our school worksheets for the moment, but we continue to remind teachers and education coordinators that they are readily available through our website. This information is always well received.

 

Pāuatahanui Lamb & Calf Club Day

Members of the committee were in attendance at the 2015 Lamb & Calf Club Day at Pāuatahanui School with a display promoting GOPI’s activities. We are very grateful to the organisers for having us at these days for the last few years; the scale of this event and the tremendous amount of work involved in putting it on is an inspiration.

 

Communications

We are very grateful to Michael Waldron who in addition to the role of Newsletter Editor has taken on the extra duties of Webmaster and has started preliminary work on an active Facebook page.

 

Newsletter

We continue to receive favourable comments about the newsletter, which we produce three times a year. Although The Inlet is designed as a newsletter for our members, we also send it to the Mayor, Porirua City Councillors and senior staff at Greater Wellington and Porirua City Councils, which helps keep issues of interest and concern in front of decision makers. We also send copies to the local residents’ associations and our fellow organisation Porirua Harbour Trust.

 

Website

Our website www.gopi.org.nz continues to provide publicity, information and a record of our activities. The committee has worked hard to ensure it complements the newsletter.

 

Facebook

We have started exploring the possibilities of an active Facebook page.

 

Newspapers

We are mindful of the huge importance of our local newspapers and I wish to thank the editors of Kapi-Mana News and Whitby Newsbrief for their unfailing willingness to publish stories about our activities. In the past year, both newspapers have accepted a number of stories and photos that have ensured our activities are widely publicised in the local area.

 

Conclusion

In concluding I heartily thank the committee for their hard work in sustaining our campaign of care for the welfare of the Inlet and all members for their continuing support.

 

Tony Shaw

Chairperson

 

See also: 2016 Financial Statement

 

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2007 annual report

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2010 annual report

2011 annual report

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2013 annual report

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2105 annual report

2016 annual report

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