Rānui Village Planning

This page describes on-going Village Planning work in Rānui. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Rānui to develop and improve the village.

To learn more about the Rānui community visit the Ranui Residents Association Facebook Page. To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.

This image shows a view of the Ranui Welcome sign infront of the shopping centre on Mungavin Ave.

On this page you will find:

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Village planning update

The community is working on the following village planning projects:

  • Implementation of Stage 1 of Ranui Community (Spatial) Plan for Mungavin Park.

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Rānui revamp Mungavin Park

This photograph shows an overview of Mungavin Park in Ranui.

A view of Mungavin Park in Rānui

The Rānui Residents Association has been working with a landscape planner and designer to create a spatial plan for Mungavin Park.

The proposed Mungavin Park Community Plan has been developed in partnership with the community. This final draft is currently out for community consultation (October 2016).

Once it is approved, work on stage 1 projects will begin. The aim is to make the park more useable and provide a better link between the park and the Village.

The park is home to the Kapi Mana netball courts, plus a playground, open green space and a small stream.

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New Cafe Barrier installed

In June 2015 members of the Rānui Residents Association celebrated both the opening of the refurbished playground at Mungavin Park and the installation of the artistic footpath cafe barriers.

Ranui's new cafe barrier.

RRA Co-chair Cheryl Brown along with artist Kerry Scott and artistic welders from Kenepuru Engineering worked with the Village Planning team to see the cafe barrier project completed.

The engineering artwork on the barriers depict some of the common native birds found in Rānui’s green belts.

Pictured below: (from left) Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, Ranui Residents Association members Rosie Gallaghe, Cheryl Brown and Amone Tongilava, with Eastern Ward councillor Denys Latham celebrate the new café barriers on a beautiful sunny winter Saturday morning.

Ranui residents members Rosie Gallagher, Cheryl Brown and Amone Tongilava with Mayor Nick Leggett and Eastern Ward councillor Denys Latham at the Ranui Cafe barrier.

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Welcome to Ranui's upgraded main street

This is a photograph of the new Welcome to Ranui sign.

The sign says it all - Welcome to Rānui and its lovely new main street.

The sign has gone in as part of a long-running project to upgrade the mainstreet and shopping centre at the heart of Rānui Village. The work has involved improving the area for pedestrians and traffic to make the area more attractive and safer.

The project has included a major upgrade to the footpath through the shopping centre to feature a river-scape theme symbolising a river connecting the village to the harbour, the construction of a roundabout at Martin Street intersection and a new pedestrian crossing on Mungavin Avenue to replace the one adjacent to Martin Street.

The work was requested by the community of Rānui to improve their mainstreet and the Rānui Residents Association has worked closely with the City's Village Planning and roading teams to design the upgrade.

This photograph shows a view of the new pedestrian crossing and upgraded footpath and main street.

This photograph shows a view of the new pedestrian crossing and upgraded footpath and main street

The Rānui Residents Association thrilled with the results

The Rānui Residents Association was so pleased with the project it wrote to the local newspaper. An extract is below:

The Rānui Residents Association would like to thank the PCC Village Planning team on the improvements made to the Ranui Village centre. This shopping centre was formally known as Porirua East shops but with a formal change of suburb name by the NZ geographic board in 2011 to Ranui (due to Porirua East also referring to other parts of Eastern Porirua) the shops are now becoming known as the Ranui Village centre. Our Village Centre had had no improvement work done on it for as long as most of us can remember (and for some of us that’s a long time) and it had a number of frustrating traffic and parking issues which have steadily got worse as traffic volumes had increased dramatically over the years. Through the Village Planning programme, Ranui Residents Association have been working with the council to make improvements in the Village centre for around 4 years. Last financial year was our big year when work on new and more orderly parking spaces, widening of the footpath, and much needed traffic and pedestrian safety improvements were put in place. We also planted a roadside community orchard where several longstanding members of our community donated a fruit tree.
The roading work was slowed by weather and a number of other factors but the end result has been a vast improvement in the usefulness and enjoyment of our village centre and safer road crossing opportunities for families using the park, netball courts and hall. During the whole upgrade process it has been pleasing to see new businesses come and fill up the once empty shops in the village centre – (now we need to make use of them to make sure they stay with us). We’ve found that community consultation and liaising with council takes longer than expected but getting an end result like this, which is a huge improvement over what was before, has made the effort feel really worthwhile. There is still more work to do as we look to do some arty stuff on the footpaths, create some outdoor café barriers and make a landscaping plan of the hall and park side of the village centre – so plenty of scope for people to come and join us. We are a voluntary group that meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm at the Mckillop St RSA and would love to have more of our community involved. The best part of being involved is that you get to have a say in how our community is improved – we are sure that there are lots of ideas out there!

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Rānui's roadside orchard

This image shows the Ranui roadside orchard and a lemon tree with small fruit on it.

An urban orchard has been created on Mungavin Ave in a community project lead by the Rānui Residents Association.

Several longstanding members of the Rānui community donated a fruit tree for the orchard which has taken shape on the grassy bank below Porirua School.

The sign below has erected on the site.

This is an image of the sign at the Ranui orchard giving the background to the community grove.

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Stunning Rānui sculpture revealed

A stunning mosaic art sculpture was unveiled at the entrance to Rānui and eastern Porirua in September 2013

The 6m tall sculpture sits on the Mungavin Ave/Champion St roundabout and was unveiled an early morning ceremony.

For many it was the culmination of years of work; from the first request to improve the entranceway into Rānui to the final unveiling.

Along the way Rānui residents worked with community artist Kerry Scott to first design and then painstakingly build the mosaic artwork in a room off Mungavin Hall.

The sculpture reflects the Rānui environment; the trees and wildlife, and is topped by a flock of terns that will rotate in the wind.

The development of the community art work has been supported by a grant from the Mana Community Grants Foundation and Porirua’s Village Planning Programme.

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Ranui's Twilight festival - February 2012

Children take part in a sack race during the Ranui Twilight Festival.

Children take part in a sack race during the Ranui Twilight Festival.

Community celebrate Rānui

The Rānui Twilight Festival was a magical afternoon, says key organiser Lepeti Tea of the Rānui Residents Association.

"The weather was perfect. The community spirit was high, and all I could see was happy smiling people enjoying the buzz."

It is estimated that around 800 people took part in the festival, which was held at Mungavin Park in February 2012. The crowds were able to enjoy games of tennis, touch rugby and rugby league, as well as fun events, such as egg and spoon races, sack races and a quiz about Ranui. Entertainers performed on a stage, there was a bouncy castle for the smaller children and families ate their dinner in the park and alongside the stream.

The aim of the festival was to celebrate Rānui's official naming as a suburb of Porirua (combining Porirua East and Ranui Heights) and also to show off the Rānui Village Plan.

Residents were also able to look over artwork design for the Mungavin Ave/Champion St roundabout and to learn about plans to upgrade Rānui's village centre.

Entertainers perform on stage during the Ranui Twilight Festival.

Entertainers perform on stage during the Rānui Twilight Festival

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The creation of Rānui

The suburb of Rānui comprises the old Porirua East and Ranui Heights.

It was created following a boundary change which was approved by Council in late 2009 and then formally gazetted by the New Zealand Geographic Board in October 2011. See map below

This map shows the new Ranui boundary combining Ranui Heights and Porirua East.

Ranui in new electoral boundary

In 2012, Rānui residents successfully campaigned to be moved out of the Western Ward and into the Eastern Ward, which they felt was geographically a better fit for their suburb.

In August 2012 the Local Government Commission determined that for the next general election of the Porirua City Council on 12 October 2013, ward boundaries for the Northern, Eastern and Western Wards would be revised to include all of Rānui in the Eastern Ward - as shown in map below.

This map shows the new Eastern Ward boundary that includes all of Ranui.

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Developing a Village Plan for Rānui

Rānui launched its Village Plan in July 2011 after spending more than a year gathering the views of residents about what they wanted for their neighbourhood.

To gather the views of residents, the Rānui Residents Association worked in partnership with the Council to hold two festivals and carry out two surveys. This information has been used to develop the village plan, which has been signed off by the community and has now been presented to the Council.

Rānui Residents Association co-chair Cheryl Brown is pictured below with a copy of the Rānui Village Plan, which was launched in July 2010. She is standing in front of the first Ranui mural designed by urban artist Tupe Rogers and painted by the community during the 2010 community festival at Porirua School.

Ranui Residents Association co-chair Cheryl Brown is pictured with a copy of the Ranui Village Plan, which was launched in July 2010. She is standing in front of the first Ranui mural designed by urban artist Tupe Rogers and painted by the community during the 2010 community festival at Porirua School.

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Rānui community contacts, meeting dates and newsletter

To learn more about Rānui and village planning visit the Ranui Residents Association Facebook Page or email ranuires@gmail.com.

For community and council contacts - please go to the Village Planning Programme contacts page

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