Ranui Village Planning
This page describes on-going Village Planning work in Ranui. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Ranui to develop and improve the village. To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.
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Ranui Village Planning - Latest News
Ranui Village - changes in store
Ranui Village mainstreet upgrade begins
The pedestrian and traffic zone around the Ranui shopping centre on Mungavin Avenue is being improved.
Work started in early March 2014 to upgrade footpaths, slow traffic through the centre and increase available parking to make the area safer for pedestrians and more attractive.
The new footpath along the shop fronts will feature sandblasted exposed aggregate to symbolise a river connecting the village to the harbour.
The project includes 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.
There will be a few minor disruptions for drivers and pedestrians while this is being done.
The work, which is due to be completed by the end of May, was requested by the community of Ranui to improve their mainstreet and the Ranui Residents Association has worked closely with the Village Planning Programme and Council’s roading team to design the upgrade.
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New Village Planning project signs (pictured below) are also being used for the first time to let residents know that the work is being done through the programme in partnership with their community.
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Stunning Ranui sculpture revealed
Youngster helps uncover community artwork
The wrappings have come off a mosaic art sculpture at the entranceway to Ranui and eastern Porirua.
Ranui youngster Jewelle Mao (7) helped reveal the 6m tall sculpture, on the Mungavin Ave/Champion St roundabout, early on the morning of Saturday September 28. She was the lucky winner of a prize draw among local children vying for the honour (see photograph below).
During the ceremony the sculpture was blessed and named by Porirua Kaumatua Taku Parai as “Te Ra Nui”, which means “The great day”.
“It went wonderfully,” says Ranui Resident Association co-chair Rosie Gallagher of the early morning ceremony. “I don’t know if many people knew what to expect and the birds were definitely a surprise; how well they turn and move. They appear to fly just above Colonial Knob as you look down on them.”
Since the sculpture was revealed, the feedback from the community had been really good, she said.
Sculpture the culmination of time and effort
For many at the ceremony it was the culmination of years of work; from the first request to improve the entranceway into Ranui to Saturday’s ceremony.
Along the way Ranui 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 Ranui 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.
Special thanks go to the Ranui community, for their concept proposal and helping out through the construction phase, Kerry Scott, the artist and constructer of the art column, Askew Contracting for their dedication and skills in preparation and installation of the piece and Metalmorphic, for the engineering design of the pole carrier and the rotating bird sculpture.
The photographs below show (left) Ranui youngster Jewelle Mao (7) helping unwrap the sculpture and (right) the team taking the wraps off the sculpture.
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Noticeboard for Ranui Village Centre
A community noticeboard has been installed outside Mungavin Hall, as requested by the Ranui community.
The noticeboard will be a space for the Ranui Residents Association and residents to share information for the community.
The noticeboard was installed in September 2012.
Below is a photograph of the newly installed community noticeboard.
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Capturing Ranui residents' stories
The Ranui Residents Association hosted a free digital stories workshop during May 2012 for anyone keen to expand their skills.
The three-day workshop attracted eight people and by the end six stories had been completed.
A digital story is a short movie with the voice of the storyteller telling their own story, supported by a combination of photographs, scanned documents, music, effects and occasionally video.
The workshop attracted a number of members of the Plimmerton Residents Association. Like the Ranui association they are keen to capture residents' stories for their own websites and the two associations plan to work together in the future.
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Ranui Youth Council
The Ranui Residents Association Youth Council is seeking new members and is working to gather ideas from local youth about what they want in Ranui.
The aim is to eventually propose a youth strategic direction for the Ranui Village Plan. Among the ideas offered so far is a drop-in youth centre, and more development at the Mungavin Park, such as basketball and volleyball activities during the evening.
To be involved contact the Ranui Residents Association email@example.com
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Ranui's Twighlight festival - February 2012
Children take part in a sack race during the Ranui Twilight Festival.
Community celebrate Ranui.
The Ranui Twilight Festival was a magical afternoon, says key organiser Lepeti Tea of the Ranui 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 Ranui's official naming as a suburb of Porirua (combining Porirua East and Ranui Heights) and also to show off the Ranui 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 Ranui's village centre.
Entertainers perform on stage during the Ranui Twilight Festival.
View our Photo Gallery of the event.
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New Murals for Bothamley Park
A series of murals painted by the community at the 2011 Bothamley Park Festival have been installed in Bothamley Park.
The four murals were designed by artists and then painted during the day by children and adults who took part in the festival.
Pictured below are two of the murals installed in Bothamley Park during November 2011
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Bothamley Park Restoration Project
What's Happening at Bothamley Park?
In 2011 Porirua City Council began a joint project, with our local residents associations, developer Carrus Corporation and Greater Wellington Regional Council to develop Bothamley Park.
It will be an eight year development programme, with a current budget of $800,000. Extra funding is being sought.
The aim of the project is to enhance the park by improving Kenepuru Stream, adding 5kms of new cycle and pathways and preserving and improving the surrounding native bush clad hills to create an ecological "Green Heart of Porirua".
In May 2011 the first picnic tables were installed, as pictured below
The restored park will provide connections that link Ranui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua, Ascot Park, Whitby (through Ascot Park), Aotea and central Porirua City.
The Aotea sub-division is adding large areas of reserve land to Bothamley Park with developers Carrus Corporation doing land development work to enhance it.
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Birth of a new suburb
Ranui is a new suburb comprising 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.
Ranui in new electoral boundary
Ranui residents have 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 will be revised to include all of Ranui in the Eastern Ward.
The present wards and ward boundaries for the Northern, Eastern and Western Wards will be revised as set out below:
|Northern Ward - four members
||Pukerua Bay, Plimmerton, Camborne, Hongoeka, Paremata, Papakowhai, Whitby, Judgeford, Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill
|Eastern Ward - four members
||Ascot Park, Aotea, Waitangirua, Cannons Creek, Ranui
|Western Ward - two members
||Titahi Bay, Takapuwahia, Elsdon, Porirua City Centre, Kenepuru, Mana Island
The following image illustrates the new wards to come into effect for the October 2013 election:
Image showing future Porirua City Council Ward Boundaries.
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Developing a Village Plan for Ranui
Ranui launched its Village Plan in July 2010 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 Ranui 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.
Ranui Residents Association co-chair Cheryl Brown is pictured below 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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Ranui Village Planning Contacts and Community newsletter:
To learn more about Ranui and village planning visit the Ranui Residents Association website at http://ranuires.ning.com
You can also contact:
Porirua City Council:
- Ranui lead councillor: Cr Denys Latham, phone 04 233 1426, mobile 027 692 2970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ranui Village Planning staff liaison Bill Inge: phone (04) 237-1087, cellphone 027 530 3336 and email email@example.com
Community meeting dates
To find out about meeting dates for Ranui Residents Association please go to the PCC Events Calendar
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