Waitangirua Village Planning

This image shows a view of Waitangirua Community Park.

This page describes on-going Village Planning Programme work in Waitangirua. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Waitangirua to develop and improve the village. To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.

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Waitangirua Village Planning - latest news

 

Village Planning update

The community is working to develop a new community group to work on village planning in partnership with the City.

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New swing to suit everyone

 

This photographs shows the new basket swing that has gone in at Waitangirua Community Park.

A new set of swings, featuring a basket swing, has gone in at Waitangirua Park (July 2014).

The basket swing (pictured above) can be used by more than one child at a time - and has proven popular at other parks in Porirua.

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Waitangirua Community Park wins national award


Community engagement in park development applauded

Waitangirua Community Park has been recognised with the Outstanding Project Award at the 2013 New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) Awards in Rotorua.

The judges said the level of community engagement and sense of ownership and pride is something to be celebrated by this community and replicated by others.

Amongst the achievements noted in the project’s nomination, the Park turned a barren, underused car park into a thriving community hub. The nomination also noted the Park provided evidence to local residents that their participation can have real results in the community. The project reaches across age groups and cultures to achieve wide-spread engagement and support.

The result is a well-used, much-loved community space, featuring junior and senior areas, sports courts, fitness circuits, a BBQ, a performance stage and public art.

NZRA CEO, Andrew Leslie, congratulated all of the 2013 NZRA Awards winners for their dedication and passion.

“The contribution the award winners make highlight the extraordinary quality of our recreation industry. We celebrate their achievements tonight, but every day they are making a difference in their community.”

Thanks go to the community of Waitangirua who worked with Council staff and consultants from Corydon Consultants and Treadwell Associates through the early design phase right through to construction.


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Planning for a fun community day

The 2013 Waitangirua Community Day went ahead on August 30 despite the rain.

The event was scaled back to stalls, carboot sales and a BBQ that could fit under the shelter of the mall.

A group spent months planning the fun day which was intended to include staged entertainment, run rides and food stalls.

In preparation, a group of men from the Wesley Community Action fathers group volunteered their time to spruce up the poles and fence around the basketball and volley ball courts.

Payment for their hard work went directly to Natone Park School to help fund a school trip. Children from Natone Park school were involved in the park's development and chose Royal Blue as the new colour for the poles.

The picture below shows Keith Ribbon hard at work sanding down the poles before they are primed and painted.

This photograph shows Keith Ribbon sanding down the poles around the Waitangirua Community Park basketball and volleyball courts.

Last year's fun

The first spring festival in 2012 was such a success the community was keen to make it an annual event.


Crowds enjoy the spring festival.

Crowds enjoy entertainment and stalls at the 2012 Waitangirua Spring Festival

The festive, fun day in September 2012 was all about the community connecting and celebrating together.

Residents, community groups and schools came together to hold market stalls, fundraise for their group and be part of staged entertainment for all to enjoy.

"It was a beautiful day and an awesome crowd, I loved the MC and it couldn’t have been done any better in such a relaxed atmosphere. A true community event", says Local youth worker Findlay Siania.

Some highlights from the event included Nga Tai Hononga O Marutawhiti and Poneke Kapa Haka groups and impromptu offerings from talented residents, as well as our very own Mana Local MP Kris Faafoi who played guitar and sung Bob Marley's Redemption Song.

Children at the Waitangirua spring festival.

 

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A performance stage for Waitangirua Community Park

Waitangirua Community Park performance stage.

A view of the new performance stage at Waitangairua Community Park with the playground behind.

A performance stage was added to Waitangirua Park in 2013 with access to power for sound and lights.

The aim is for the stage to become a place for community concerts.

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Mini art festival brightens Waitangirua Mall

Mural artists at work during the mini-art festival.

The photographs above show the artists hard at work during the Waitangirua Arts Festival.

Festival of colour and art

A team of Porirua artists have painted a series of murals along the front of Waitangirua Mall.

The work was carried out as part of the Waitangirua Arts Festival, supported by Porirua City Council, which ran for a week from January 7 (2013) and ended with a public BBQ and celebration on the Friday.

One of the organisers Ruth Robertson-Taylor said it was great to be working with the variety of artists at the mall.

"It's tons of fun working with the other artists. There's no better way to get to know other artists than working with them."

The artists were being hosted by Maraeroa Marae.

Council Graffiti Management Coordinator, and one of the organisers, Richard Witheford-Smith, is thrilled with how the event went and says the final art works look great.

They are pictured below. (February 2013)

A long shot showing all of the finished murals.

 

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Waitangirua Community Park mosaic blessed

Mosaic - a community labour of love

The fabulous, 3-metre long Waitangirua Community Park mosaic artwork is in place and was formally unveiled and blessed on Saturday, August 4, 2012.

 

Residents have worked alongside community artist Kerry Scott to develop the piece, which was built at Maraeroa Marae; across the road from the park.

 

Concepts and ideas from local residents have been incorporated into the final design which includes the hills and streams, trees, plants and native fish of Waitangirua.

 

Key to the piece is the name Waitangirua which means the sound of the two waterways Cameron's Creek and Waitangi Stream that run through the village.

 

This photograph shows the Waitangirua Community Park mosaic in its final glory (July 2012), ready to be installed on site.

The photograph above shows the Waitangirua Community Park mosaic in its final glory (July 2012), ready to be installed on site.

 

This photograph shows mosaic project co-ordinator Moana Tuariki works alongside community artist Kerry Scott to start the mosaic in March 2012.

The photograph above shows mosaic project co-ordinator Moana Tuariki works alongside community artist Kerry Scott to start the mosaic in March 2012.

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New murals brighten Waitangirua Mall

Children from Corrina School get involved in painting murals at Waitangirua Community Park.

Nine bright colourful murals have been painted on Waitangirua Mall.

The murals have been designed and painted by community groups in a project aimed at reinvigorating the mall.

Among the groups painting in early December 2011 were pupils from Corrina School (pictured above with teacher Jennifer Whyman).

The other groups were from the South Pacific Academy, Wesley Community Action, Maraeroa Marae, Streets Ahead 237, Refugee Services, the Porirua collect Te Ahi Kaa team and Waitangirua's Te Toka Ahuru kohanga reo.

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Waitangirua Community Park named best in NZ for community engagement.


The development of Waitangirua Community Park has been named the best in New Zealand for outstanding community engagement in the 2011 IAP2 Australasian Core Value Awards.

The IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation - Australasia) is described as the region's professional body for practitioners in the public participation and engagement industry.

The awards recognise and encourage projects that are at the forefront of public participation.

View a copy of the entry. (PDF 6.72MB)

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) promotes the values and leading practices associated with involving the public in decisions that impact their lives. It is a not for profit association advancing the practice of community engagement.

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Waitangirua Village Planning contacts

Please go to the Village Planning Programme contacts page


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