CANNONS CREEK VILLAGE PLANNING
This page describes the development of a community plan for Cannons Creek and the village planning work carried out in the community since then. The Village Planning Programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and our communities to develop the neighbourhoods they want.
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The development of village planning in Cannons Creek
Village Planning in Cannons Creek began with the development of a "Map to the Future" for Porirua East. It was developed in 2005 by a working group consisting of members of the Eastern Porirua Residents Association, Cannons Creek Opportunity Centre, Maraeroa Marae, and Housing New Zealand and Porirua City Council staff.
The process included a survey of residents and a community feedback day.
It highlighted a number of areas to target within the village centre including:
- Environment/graffiti/vandalism focusing on graffiti, rubbish, and park maintenance,
- Youth services and activities focusing on young people on the streets at night,
- Shops and businesses focusing on upgrading the physical condition of the Cannons Creek shops,
- Amenities and facilities focusing on parks and playgrounds, the pool, and local recreation and arts facilities.
Download to view or print the Map to the Future Community Planning Eastern Porirua '05 report.
Revitalising Cannons Creek
In 2007 a working group came together to form a plan to revitalise Cannons Creek shopping centre and much of that work has now been complete, as you'll read below.
Download and print the Cannons Creek Campus Project Plan (PDF 0.97 MB)
Cannons Creek Village Projects - 2011 and earlier
As a result of the Campus Project Plan, the Cannons Creek community worked with Porirua City Council to identify a number of projects they believed would improve the village. Many of these have now been completed or are underway.
These projects include:
Cannons Creek footpath fixed
Cannons Creek Residents Association Chairman Aporo Joyce is thrilled with footpath renewal work carried out in the village. See photographs below.
Members of the association walked around the village with Operations Manager Bill Inge in late February 2011 to point out areas of concern. Just a over a month later, a badly damaged area of footpath alongside Te Akupuanga (the Cook Island hall) at the eastern end of the Cannons Creek shopping centre has been replaced.
Mr Joyce says it was a safety issue and he is pleased it has been replaced so quickly. The new footpath is pictured below with members of the association (right to left) Aporo Joyce, Lawrence Davis and Mahmood Ali.
This work highlights one of the many benefits of the Village Planning Programme, as it puts communities directly in touch with operational staff.
The image above shows the footpath before renewal work.
The image above shows members of the Cannons Creek Residents and Ratepayers Association looking at the footpath after renewal work.
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Cannons Creek shopping centre has a mini-makeover
The Cannons Creek shopping centre received a mini-makeover to freshen and tidy it up between December 2010 and February 2011. Work carried out included painting, water blasting, some planting, the installation of several seats, cleaning and general maintenance. The photograph below shows paving work being undertaken in February 2011.
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Cannons Creek lakes investigation
This photograph shows a view of Cannons Creek lakes.
Natural vision for Cannons Creek lakes
Cannons Creek Lakes Reserve has been the subject of a comprehensive review by Boffa Miskell and Council.
The 100 page Boffa Miskell report Cannons Creek Lakes Reserve - the ecological and landscape issues and options addressed a range of concerns about the 7.5 hectare valley reserve, which is an entrance to Belmont Regional Park. It involved reviewing existing information as well as collecting new data in the reserve with a view to developing a co-ordinated and strategic approach to its long-term management and enhancement.
Cannons Creek lakes in excellent health
The results have revealed that overall the lakes are in excellent ecological health and able to respond to seasonal flooding and stormwater issues. Water quality was found to be good to excellent and there are good populations of fish including nationally threatened species; banded kokopu, giant kokopu and short-tin eels.
The review was used to develop four options for an overarching vision and broad strategy for the reserve.
After extensive consultation, option three "Natural Vision - a forested landscape" was favoured. See the report to council.Back to project list
Cannons Creek shopping area improvements
Council has been working with Housing New Zealand, the Eastern Porirua Residents Association, Capital and Coast District Health Board, the Fanau Centre and local health and community providers on develop an overall concept plan for the shopping area.
Download and print the Cannons Creek Campus Project Concept Plan (428KB pdf).
Since then improvements to the campus have seen:
- Mentor Park completely refitted.
- Public toilets removed at the community’s request.
- Shop lighting has been improved and overhangs that created shadowed areas removed.
- Lighting of public areas, such as Mentor Park and the basketball courts, improved.
- New murals have created.
- Local businesses and health providers have taken steps to upgrade their own buildings.
The photograph above shows the newly painted basketball courts in the centre of the Cannons Creek campus area, alongside Mentor Park.Back to project list
Murals brighten Cannons Creek centre
This photograph shows Pacific Health Service Porirua Community Youth Worker Fofo Molia with one of the murals painted by acclaimed artist Michel Tuffery and Cannons Creek youth.
Acclaimed artist works with youngsters
New murals have put the finishing touches on the campus upgrade at Cannons Creek. The murals have been created by acclaimed New Zealand artist Michel Tuffery and a group of budding young artists from Porirua.
Pacific Health Service Porirua Community Youth Worker Fofo Molia (pictured with one of the murals) says the 30 youngsters took part in a weekly after school art programme run by PHSP.
As part of it they spent six months working with Michel Tuffery every fortnight. Some of their work is hanging in the new Pacific Health Service's General Practice in Cannons Creek.
About ten from the group were involved in working alongside Michel to create the murals which adorn the exterior of the Faunau Centre and PHSP building.
More to come
The programme has been running for two years and finished with a Pacific Art Exhibition in April 2010. It will be repeated and there are plans to create new murals throughout the campus area.
Fofo says the youngsters gained a huge amount from the programme. "Watching our young people channel their energy into positive activities makes it all worth while, especially when it creates a much safer looking Cannons Creek."
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Bedford St traffic calming
Council's Traffic Design Group undertook a study to look at calming traffic in Bedford St, provide more structured car parking and to create safe crossing areas.
Work has now finished on the improvements identified.
This photograph shows a view of Bedford St during work to create more carparks, widen footpaths and put in traffic calming.
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Mentor Park upgrade
Mentor Park has been completely refitted including removing vegetation and planter boxes that enclosed the space. New seating, planting and concrete areas have been provided, lighting has been improved and a park mural has been created. The area is proving to be a popular community meeting space and sunny rest area for shoppers and residents.
The photograph above shows the new look Mentor Park in Cannons Creek.Back to project list
Cannons Creek community celebrates villages work
This photograph shows Cannons Creeks residents celebrating the launch of Village Planning Programme works and the opening of a Pacific Island medical service in the village.
The community celebrates Cannons Creek Campus work
The work to upgrade the Cannons Creek Campus and the improvements to Bedford Street were celebrated at a huge community event on 3 April 2009.
The celebration was combined with the opening of the new Pacific General Practice in Cannons Creek and was attended by Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable Bill English, National's Pacific Island Affairs Minister the Honourable Georgina te Heuhey, Maori Party co-leader the Honourable Tariana Turia, Labour MP the Honourable Laumanuvao Winnie Laban, Porirua City Mayor Jenny Brash and Capital and Coast Health CEO Ken Whelan.Back to top