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. Keyword ranuiplan.

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Ranui Village Planning - Latest News


 

Ranui Village Planning Update

Projects being investigated for the 2014/15 financial year include:

  • Café barriers at Mungavin Shops, 
  • Trees prior to roundabout at lower Mungavin Ave, 
  • A welcome sign, 
  • Continuation of footpath design shops to subway, 
  • Seating on Mungavin Ave, 
  • Heritage Trail signs (10), 
  • Landscape plan for Mungavin Park/Village Centre

During 2013/14 the following projects were completed:

  • A main street upgrade of the shopping centre was started in partnership with PCC AMO roading team.  This work has created a slow zone to make the shopping centre safer and more user friendly for traffic and pedestrians.
  • The community planted a small community orchard on the wide grass area adjacent to the Chorus building and have encouraged the school to partner in a new common boundary fence on Mungavin Ave, 
  • Work was done with Chorus to upgrade their building exterior colour scheme and develop their street frontage with high quality landscaping – as a partner to the main street upgrade,


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Ranui mainstreet upgrade takes shape

This photograph shows Ranui's mainstreet with its new footpaths and parking areas which were developed during the upgrade in early 2014.

Ranui mainstreet's new parking spaces and footpaths following the upgrade carried out in early 2014.

Ranui Village mainstreet upgrade takes shape

Work to improve the pedestrian and traffic zone around the Ranui shopping centre on Mungavin Avenue is almost complete (July 2014).

The project to make the area safer for pedestrians and more attractive has involved an upgrade of footpaths, slowing traffic through the centre and increasing available parking.

In the next stage, the new footpath along the shop fronts will be sandblasted to expose the aggregate to symbolise a river connecting the village to the harbour, and rubbish bins will be installed.

The upgrade project has included the construction of a roundabout at Martin Street intersection, and a new pedestrian crossing (pictured below) on Mungavin Avenue to replace the one adjacent to Martin Street.

The upgrade work 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.

This photograph shows the new pedestrian crossing constructed at Ranui during the mainstreet upgrade.

 

This photograph shows the new parking areas in front of the Ranui shops.

The photograph above shows the new parking areas created during the Ranui mainstreet upgrade.

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Stunning Ranui sculpture revealed

This photograph shows the Ranui mosaic sculpture.

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, during an early morning ceremony in September 2013.

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.”

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 photograph below shows the team taking the wraps off the sculpture.

 

This photograph shows the sculpture being unwrapped.

 

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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.

This image shows the Ranui community noticeboard in place.

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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's Twighlight 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 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.

Entertainers perform on stage during the Ranui Twilight Festival.

View our Photo Gallery of the event.

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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 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 proposed Porirua City Council Ward Boundaries.
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 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 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.

Cheryl Brown with the Ranui Village Plan.

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Ranui Community newsletter, meeting dates and contacts:

Ranui Panui

2014

 

Contacts:

Community:

To learn more about Ranui and village planning visit the Ranui Residents Association website at http://ranuires.ning.com and email ranuires@gmail.com

You can also contact:

  • Ranui Residents Association Co-Chair Rosie Gallagher: phone 237-6119, mobile 021-169-2541 and email rosieglo81@yahoo.co.uk


Porirua City Council:

  • Ranui lead councillor: Cr Denys Latham, phone 04 233 1426, mobile 027 692 2970 or email denyslatham@paradise.net.nz
  • Ranui Village Planning staff liaison Bill Inge: phone (04) 237-1087, cellphone 027 530 3336 and email binge@pcc.govt


Community meeting dates

To find out about meeting dates for Ranui Residents Association please go to the PCC Events Calendar

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