Takapuwahia Village Planning
This page describes on-going Village Planning Programme work in Takapuwahia. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Takapuwahia to develop and improve their village. To learn more about the Village Planning Programme view the home page.
On this page you will find:
Takapuwahia Village Planning - latest news
Hui held to begin review of the Takapuwahia Village Plan
Takapuwahia is joining other communities throughout the city who are reviewing and updating their village plans. A public meeting was held at Takapuwahia Marae in late October to begin the process of reviewing the Takapuwahia Village Plan which was produced in 2007. There was discussion at the meeting of what has been achieved to date and issues that are still to be addressed. It was agreed that the review process will be led by a working group comprising of people involved in the development of the original village plan along with new members.
For further information contact Jen Margaret, Village Planning Facilitator: email@example.com or 021 110 0799.
Back to top
Takapuwahia pou unveiled and blessed
Final resting place for pou
Two sculptured pou have been unveiled and blessed at the entrance to Takapuwahia.
The ceremony went ahead in pouring rain in August 2012 to celebrate the arrival of the pou to mark the entrance into the village.
The pou have been designed and carved by local craftsman Tana Salzmann to depict the prow (Tauihu) and stern (Taurapa) of a waka. They are made of stainless steel and wood and the design was approved by local kaumatua.
They have been erected at the entrance to Takapuwahia, on the corner of Titahi Bay Rd and Te Hiko St, and are the final touch to a major revamp of Te Hiko St and the Takapuwahia entranceway.
Carvings represent Ngati Toa's philosophy
The waka design represents the journey the Ngati Toa tribe has undertaken to be in Porirua and sea is an important part of the tribe's philosophy. The carvings also feature Ngati Toa ancestor Toa Rangatira.
The work is being funded by through Council's Villages Planning Programme and the community of Takapuwahia have been closely involved in the design and development of the pou.
Tana grew up in Takapuwahia, living much of his life just two doors away from Takapuwahia Marae. It's where he learnt to art of carving 35 years ago from master carver Kohe Webster. He has been involved in many projects since but says these Pou are among the most significant works he has done.
To view images of Tana Salzmann carving the pou go to our photogallery.
Below are some images of the blessing
Back to top
Foreshore Development – Wineera Drive to Onepoto
Shared parthway proposal
The Onepoto to Wi Neera Drive shared pathway has been assessed, with consultants taking a look at the possibility of shifting lighting and altering road widths to accommodate a pathway along the coastal side of Titahi Bay Road. The report will be considered by Council and the Takapuwahia community before any final design is developed. Funding is included in the Long Term Council Community Plan for this work in the 2013/14 financial year. Back to top
Village plan sets priorities for action
The Takapuwahia community worked closely with council to develop its village plan.
The main areas of focus were:
- The Ngati Toa harbour and foreshore development,
- The creation of an appropriate entrance way into Takapuwahia,
- Raising the physical profile and awareness of Ngati Toa and Takapuwahia,
- Improving traffic movement along Titahi Bay Road, as well as safety for motorists and pedestrians travelling to and from Te Hiko Street and Wi Neera Drive,
- Eliminating flooding and drainage problems in Takapuwahia,
- Creating a safe pedestrian and cycle pathway along the foreshore side of Titahi Bay Road,
- Improving public access along the western foreshore between Onepoto and the central business district.
Village Plan Concept takes objectives further
To further the objectives raised in the village plan, a Takapuwahia Village Plan Concept was drawn up. It was developed in collaboration with Ngati Toa by the Council’s landscape architect, Lynne Wilson, during the first half of 2007.
This concept plan included:
- Landscaping and street improvement works in Takapuwahia Village – Te Hiko Street and Tangare Drive,
- A harbour side promenade linking Onepoto to Wi Neera Drive,
- The construction of a Waka Shelter in Wi Neera Drive,
- Reconstruction of the stormwater main in Te Hiko Street,
- Safety improvements to the intersection of Te Hiko Street-Titahi Bay Road and Wi Neera Drive.
The Council is continuing to work with Ngati Toa and the Takapuwahia community to ensure the Village Plan is put into action.
Back to top
Takapuwahia Village Planning Contacts:
Back to top