Titahi Bay Village Planning
This page describes Village Planning Programme work that has been carried out in Titahi Bay prior to mid-2012. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Titahi Bay to develop and improve the village.
To read about the latest Village Planning work in Titahi Bay go to the main Titahi Bay page.
To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.
On this page you will find:
Earlier Titahi Bay Village Planning work before mid-2012
Restoring Titahi Bay beach dunes
800 native spinifex anchor new dunes
The southern dunes of Titahi Bay beach have been restored, with large quarry boulders removed and sand added to re-create a natural dune face along 80 metres of eroded dune toe during early 2012.
The area was planted with 800 native spinifex sandbinding plants by the community, then fenced off with a post and cable fence restoring this part of the beach to a more natural state.
Native spinifex while common on North Island beaches was not present in Titahi Bay before this planting – previously exotic marram grass dominated most of the dunes.
A new concrete path has also been created to improve pedestrian access to the southern area of Titahi Bay and the carpark has been tidied up.
This latest dune enhancement work builds on the native shrub and tree planting along the beach which will continue in accordance with the Natural Systems Action Plan for Titahi Bay and the wider Titahi Bay Village Plan.
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Extra security cameras for Titahi Bay Shopping Centre
Another CCTV security camera has been installed at Titahi Bay shopping centre to boost the coverage of the system already in place.
The extra camera was installed in the alleyway beside the Porirua Little Theatre to the public toilet block in May 2012.
Since the village centre was upgraded in 2010 and the security cameras installed the level of anti-social behaviour has declined.
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Titahi Bay beach pou unveiled and blessed
Carver Nathan Rei puts the final touches to one of the four pou he has designed and carved for the Titahi Bay beach walkway. (Photograph Dominion Post February 2012)
Early New Zealand pioneers recognised in new Titahi Bay carvings
Four pou designed and crafted by carver Nathan Rei have been placed along the new Titahi Bay beach walkway.
The pou were unveiled and blessed at a morning ceremony in February 2012.
The design of the pou is based on the discovery of New Zealand by Maori and European explorers. The pou represent Kupe, Abel Tasman, James Cook and Te Rangihaeata and were carved by Nathan at his Onepoto boatshed on the shores of Porirua Harbour.
The Titahi Bay beach walkway was completed in July 2011 and runs above and beside the length of the beach from the Bay Drive entrance to the Titahi Bay Surf Club.
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The photograph below shows Nathan Rei working on the pou in October 2011.
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New murals for Titahi Bay
Titahi Bay resident Bethany Hutchinson takes a look at the new mural in the shopping centre with her children, 11-month-old Harry (being carried) and 5-year-old Ysabelle
Local themes reflected in new Titahi Bay murals
A series of bright colourful murals are going up around Titahi Bay.
The murals are a response to a request by local police for the Council to help find a solution to tagging issues around the suburb.
The first mural has gone up on the wall outside The Mariner, the local Titahi Bay pub. It was created by Ranga Tuhi, whose work also graces the Porirua Railway Station.
With his tribal links to Ngati Toa, Ranga said he was keen to weave a number of local themes into the mural that reflected the areas cultural context; the early settler whaling based on Mana Island; local seascapes; the colourful boatsheds on beach and the unique headlands which are readily recognised by local and overseas mariners, who sail through Cooks Strait.
The large finished mural is nearly 6 metres long and 2.4 metres high. Elim Church kindly made their hall available for the painting of the large work; local Resene Paint shop, P&Z Decorating , provided a generous discount and Phil Jensen from The PCC Depot helped install the finished work on 17 January 2012.
The response from local residents , as the mural was being installed, was overwhelmingly positive. The new artwork promises to be a big hit with Titahi Bay Residents and will, as one of the old-timers pointed out , be a “refreshing change from graffiti”.
Murals brighten local toilets
At the same time, mural artists Ian Taylor and Ruth Robertson-Taylor have created a range of pieces focusing on local themes that are being erected on the public toilets in Niblick Lane - as pictured below.
And several murals by Ian Taylor and Ranga Tuhi are to go up on the exterior walls of the Titahi Bay Surf Club.
These photographs show the murals on the Niblick Lane public toilets in Titahi Bay.
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Public planting days at Titahi Bay Beach
Landscapes and carparks
Work is underway to transform the landscape of the Windley St car park.
A community planting day at the end of August 2011 saw 260 plants bedded in by volunteers (as pictured below).
Further along the beach, concept plans are being finalised to realign and improve the parking at the South End carpark; making it more visible and user friendly.
Planting along the new walkway
Between April and June 2011 a series of public planting days bedded in plants along the new Titahi Bay Beach walkway.
The work has been guided by the Titahi Bay Beach Restoration Plan.
The days in April, May and June were well attended and have resulted in hundreds of plants going in.
Pictured below are a group of volunteers taking part in April's planting day.
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Revamp opens up beach access and cablehouse
The Bay Drive entrance to the beach has been tided up.
As pictured above, the cable house and gardens have been cleared and opened up to create a picnic space as well as improve views to the beach. At the same time, the footpath has been extended past the cable house and down to the beach to make beach access safer. The work was carried out during 2011.
Longer term the aim is to seek expressions of interest from parties interested in developing the cablehouse into a cafe.
The final touch to the upgrade will be a range of signs that are currently being designed. The signs will highlight the history, ecology and landmarks of Titahi Bay Beach and will be erected on the viewing deck above the Bay Drive toilet block.
Another sign will welcome people to Titahi Bay Beach.
The interior of the Bay Drive entrance toilets has been retiled, using inserts of coloured tiles, as pictured below. This work was completed in late 2011.
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Work is also now largely complete on a pathway running above and along the length of the beach from the Bay Drive entrance to the Titahi Bay Surf Club. The pathway completed in July 2011 allows people to walk alongside the beach even at high tide - as pictured below.
Developing the pathway has involved getting ride of noxious weeds on the bank south of the cablehouse and then using a bulldozer to cut a flat track.
Weed control and planting of natives along the walkway is continuing.
Other work around the beach during 2011 has involved:
- Removal and replacement of wire fences
- Detailed planning for the construction of safer pedestrian access to the beach from Bay Drive
- Windley Ave carpark tidied up
- Weed control and clearing for planting
- Vegetation restoration planning completed and plants ordered
- Project to rationalise signs started
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Titahi Bay shopping centre makeover complete
This photograph shows former Porirua City Councillor Henry Smith enjoying the newly revamped Titahi Bay Shopping Centre.
Shopping centre makeover
One of the priorities of the Titahi Bay Village Plan was an upgrade of the Whitehouse Road shops. This was completed in 2010.
The makeover of the Whitehouse Road shops included replanting the gardens, re-roofing the boatshed pergola structure, maintenance of the pavers, installation of new street furniture and monitored closed circuit television cameras in the shopping area.
Lighting was upgraded both within the shopping centre and surrounding areas to improve safety.
The final step was the painting of the Whitehouse Road and Te Pene Avenue shop frontages. Shop keepers chose a selection of colours from an agreed colour scheme. A mural was also painted alongside the community police station.
The coloured concrete areas alongside the plant beds through the shopping centre was redyed and the Healthy Safer City Trust funded the installation of colourful hop scotch matting for children to use while their parents shop.
The final result is a vibrant, attractive shopping area, which is attracting a lot of positive comments.
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