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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
39 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 Checking back We're getting into the nitty gritty of developing a new plan for the region's environment How to look after our coastal areas, manage and respond to natural hazards and minimise pollution from urban and rural activities -- these are just a few of the issues that people from across the region discussed at community drop-in sessions over the past month. What do you think of our proposals for the region s environment ? The drop-in sessions were the second stage in the development of a new regional plan for the region's environment. The first stage involved public meetings and a consultation last year to identify common themes and concerns. "It's important for us to check back with the community -- what do you think of our proposals for managing the region's environment? Are we on the right track?" asks Greater Wellington's Chair Fran Wilde. Next year Greater Wellington will hold a third phase of community consultation covering the specific regulations and voluntary measures that will be needed to address the big issues. Plimmerton Rotary Club -- Recreation Volunteers Award Through the club's efforts in creating Te Ara Piko, the Pauatahanui Pathway, people can now meander their way around the Pauatahanui Inlet appreciating its natural attributes along the way. Theynever gave up The club campaigned for years to get the Porirua City Council to include the pathway in its long-term plan, and partnered with the council to bring its vision to fruition. "All along they acted as project ambassadors, promoting it to the community at countless community meetings and festivals, organising revegetation plantings and establishing their own nursery," says Porirua City Council Landscape Architect Andrew Gray. "They never gave up." Heather and Ian Atkinson, South Wairarapa -- Landowners' Conser vation Award Heather and Ian are protecting and restoring the biodiversity on their organic farm, Wharerata, replacing pines in a gully with native species and linking it to a QEII Trust-covenant area of bush to add to a wildlife corridor from the Haurangi Ranges. NZ Transport Agency Project Team for Emerald Glen Road extension -- Excellence in Compliance Award The NZTA-managed project team (Opus International, Fletchers, Beca, Higgins, Goodmans and Brian Perry Civil) used innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of this roading project. Friends of Owhiro Stream (FOOS) -- Community Partnerships Award FOOS has transformed the stream into an attractive habitat for native birds and animals, and a place for people to enjoy. Frances Lee -- Kaitiaki Award Frances Lee's persistence and passion over more than three decades have transformed Trelissick Park into an attractive natural wilderness only 10 minutes from the CBD, and infuenced many other community and environmental issues. John Morrison -- Restoring the Mauri Award John Morrison has been the driving force of the Churton Park Revegetation Group project, organising planting and weeding days, recruiting volunteers and educating the wider community. Murray Bootten, Elizabeth Ferguson and Wendy Johnstone, Naenae Primary School -- Meridian School Environmental Leadership Award These school leaders have developed a school-wide approach to environmental education that's led to a high level of environmental awareness and action in the school and in the wider community. Hutt Inter mediate Greenie Group -- Meridian School Sustainable Project Award Five years of dedication from Greenie Group students has resulted in a vibrant garden area well utilised by other students and included in school programmes. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet -- New Zealand Historic Places Trust Historic Heritage Award The restoration of Government House highlights the commitment made by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to conserve architectural heritage. The awards are a partnership between Greater Wellington, the Department of Conservation's (DOC) Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservancy and the Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservation Board. ENCORE AWARD WINNERS Plimmerton Rotary Club members at the Pauatahanui Inlet Hutt Intermediate's Greenie Group in their greenhouse For more details see www.gw.govt.nz/encoreawards Where's the most photogenic landscape on the south coast? The iconic Baring Head lighthouse at the Baring Head/Oˉ rua-Pouanui site All around the region there are exceptional people going that extra mile -- and more -- to improve our environment. At the Encore Awards last week they were recognised for their dedication and hard work, which ultimately makes our region a better place to live... It's at Baring Head/Oˉ rua-Pouanui, according to a participant on Greater Wellington's online forum to discuss the future of Greater Wellington's new addition to East Harbour Regional Park. Other comments include "the park is so accessible from the city yet the area is so remote and wild" and "the views at Baring Head are simply stunning". Feedback from the online forum will be used to develop a draft management plan, along with Greater Wellington's research into the park's recreation opportunities, ecology and heritage. (The forum on Baring Head/ Oˉ rua-Pouanui has finished but you can view the comments at http://haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz.) The draft management plan for Baring Head/Oˉ rua-Pouanui will be out for public consultation in early 2012. www.gw.govt.nz/baring-head Get involved in the future of Baring Head/Oˉ rua-Pouanui The Friends of Baring Head Trust is a community group formed to protect and enhance the values of Baring Head/ Oˉ rua-Pouanui. They formed less than a year ago and have already signed a memorandum of understanding with Greater Wellington and made great progress on developing their projects. If you'd like to get involved with the Friends' work, visit their website for more information or write to PO Box 38 076, Wellington Mail Centre -- they want to hear from you: www.baringhead.org.nz. Taranaki Whaˉnui kaumatua Sam Jackson speaking at the opening of Baring Head/ Oˉ rua-Pouanui earlier this year Iwi inextricably linked to Oˉ rua-Pouanui This land is historically significant to mana whenua. Oˉ rua Pouanui and the neighbouring Parangarahu lakes were important for mahinga kai (food gathering), and were launching bases for the movement of iwi both by sea and land. The two places are inextricably linked to mana whenua, and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust's support of Greater Wellington's ownership and management of Oˉ rua Pouanui highlights Greater Wellington's connection and special relationship with iwi. You can still have your say on Greater Wellington's proposals for managing the region's environment through our online survey: http://haveyoursay.gw. govt.nz/your-environment Your environment -- are we on the right track? A bright future for Baring Head/Oˉ rua-Pouanui
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