This image shows residents taking part in a Pukerua Bay Community Planting Day.

Pukerua Bay Village Planning - prior to 2012

This page describes some of the work achieved since Pukerua Bay first produced a village plan in 2007 through Porirua City Council's Village Planning Programme. Some of the projects are complete while others are ongoing. You can view the latest news from Pukerua Bay's Village Planning work by going to the Pukerua Bay home page

Or find out more about the Village Planning Programme.

On this page you will find:


Pukerua Bay's 2007 Village Plan

The orginal 2007 Village Plan identified a number of priorities:

  • To improve the connections and mobility of residents within Pukerua Bay
  • To promote safe walking and biking within Pukerua Bay
  • To improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists
  • To promote the use of public transport
  • To reduce environmental emissions by reducing the number of short distance car trips
  • To increase the number of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users in the community
  • To seek solutions which enhance the environmental landscape and which contribute to the strong sense of community in Pukerua Bay
  • To support the efficiency (environmental emissions) and safety for traffic using State Highway One

View a copy of the 2007 Pukerua Bay Village Plan

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Pukerua Bay Village Projects achieved since 2007:


 

New public toilets for Pukerua Bay

A new public toilet block has been built at the Pukerua Bay shops to replace the older public toilets alongside the library.

The new block has been developed in consultation with the shopkeepers and the community.

It has been built in the same cottage-style as the toilet block at the beach and opened in September 2012.

This photograph shows the newly completed toilets in July 2012.

The photograph above shows the newly completed toilets in July 2012

 

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Playground upgrade for Greenmeadows Reserve

This picture shows a view of the revamped park.

Greenmeadows Park, off Kotipu Place in Pukerua Bay, has a new play area

This picture shows children playing on the newly upgraded play equipment.

The pictures above show a view of the park and children playing on the newly upgraded play equipment.

The park was redeveloped as part of Porirua City Council's ongoing playgrounds maintenance schedule. Previously the park had two sets of swings which were in need of an upgrade.

The work was carried out in April 2012.

The photograph below shows the Greenmeadows Park play area before it was redeveloped.

This photograph shows the Greenmeadows Park play area before it was redeveloped.

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New bus shelter for Pukerua Bay

This image shows the new bus stop in Pukerua Bay.

Pukerua Bay has a new bus shelter between Wairaka Rd and Pukerua Bay Beach Rd on SH1.

The new glass shelter was installed during December 2011, just south of the old blue concrete shelter, which has now been removed. At the same time the section of footpath around it, from Wairaka Rd and Beach Rd, has been developed into a 2.5m wide shared pathway.

The Vi Ebert garden leading up to the bus shelter is to be replanted by residents using plants grown at a nursery at the local primary school. No date has yet been set for that planting day.

The picture directly below shows the Vi Ebert garden and new bus shelter in April 2012. The picture below that shows a view of the Vi Ebert memorial plaque.

This picture shows the Vi Ebert garden and new bus shelter in April 2012.

 

This picture shows a view of the Vi Ebert memorial plaque.

 

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Muri station walkway creates better links for residents

This photograph shows Pukerua Bay resident Robyn Moore on the new Muri Rd railway station walkway.

This photograph shows Pukerua Bay resident Robyn Moore on the new Muri Rd railway station walkway

Better access for residents

Pukerua Bay residents affected by the closure of Muri Rd railway station now have better access to the main Pukerua Bay railway station.

KiwiRail has decommissioned Muri Rd rail station for train stopping, but has allowed continued pedestrian access along the southbound platform.

The Muri Rd station platform has been fenced off and the pathway into Muri Rd reserve improved. This pathway links into pathways to the main Pukerua Bay station giving residents better day-time access across the village.

The work was carried out during December 2011 and January 2012.

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Neighbourhood Accessibility Plan

Improving neighbourhood safety

The Residents Association is working closely with Council and the New Zealand Transport Authority in relation to the recommendations from the Neighbourhood Accessibility Plan (NAP). This plan was developed by the community, in partnership with Porirua City Council, to look at options to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles moving around the village.

During 2010 the NZ Transport Agency carried out work to strengthen the retaining walls and slopes on State Highway 1 between Wairaka and Pukerua Beach Roads, and also immediately north of the lay-by area adjacent to Onepu Road. At the same time the agency took the chanceto widen the footpath and install road barriers for the sections adjacent to the wall construction.

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Fixing the pedestrian overbridge

The Pukerua Bay pedestrian bridge (pictured below) has been given a new lease of life with an extensive programme of maintenance carried out during February and March 2011. Part of the work has involved completed replacing the eastern span of the bridge. This required SH1 to be closed overnight on March 29 so cranes could remove the old span and put in place the new. The road closure and detour through Pukerua Bay went very smoothly.

The bridge has since been repainted and garden beds at the foot of the bridge cleared ready for community planting.

this image shows the newly restored Pukerua Bay overbridge.

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Pukerua Bay skate park rebuild

Pukerua Bay's young people celebrate the opening of their new skatepark in March 2009.


Pukerua Bay's young people celebrate the opening of their new skatepark in March 2009.

Community designs a skatepark

The Pukerua Bay community was closely involved in the development of the new skate park from the proposal though to design work.

The process began in 2006 when local skateboarders petitioned the Pukerua Bay Residents Association to put a new skatepark on its agenda. The old skatepark on Muri Rd was opened in 1976 and at the time was the first purpose-built skatepark in the Southern Hemisphere. However over the years it had fallen into disrepair and had become outdated.

The Pukerua Bay Residents Association conducted a survey of residents, which identified the need for a new skatepark as a high priority. The proposal to create a new skatepark then became a project under the Porirua City Council's Village Planning Programme. At the same time Pukerua Bay Skate Incorporated was established as a sub-committee of the Residents Association to seek extra funding and to work with the Pukerua Bay youngsters to harness their skatepark vision.

Extra funding allows park to be built to high standard

Pukerua Bay Skate Incorporated successfully secured grants of $10,000 from the Mana Community Grants Foundation and the Caversham Foundation, and this funding combined with funding from Porirua City Council allowed the skatepark to be built to a very high standard.

At every step of the way, Pukerua Bay's young people have remained part of the planning and design process of this park.

The new skatepark is a multi-purpose venue primarily for skateboarders, but also for youngsters using rollerblades, scooters and trick bikes. The park was formally opened on March 14, 2009.

New seats and a lighting review

In August 2009 two new seats were installed, with one facing the skatepark and the other the children's play area with a fence separating the two areas. As well a lock box was erected on site to store cleaning equipment. The Pukerua Bay Cub group and skaters carry out a regular clean-up of the area.

This photograph shows a view of Pukerua Bay's skatepark with the new seats and lock box, plus the grafitti boards at the far end of the park.

This photograph shows a view of Pukerua Bay's skatepark with the new seats and lock box, plus the grafitti boards at the far end of the park.

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Muri Rd walkway safety improvements

This project has seen the construction of a walkway to improve pedestrian safety around the sharp bend at the southern end of Muri Rd.

This short section of roadway was a blind corner and had long been identified as potentially hazardous for pedestrians. Construction of the new footpath was completed in April 2009.

The following photographs shows the Muri Rd corner before and after construction of the new footpath.

This photograph shows a view of Muri Rd before a pedestrian walkway was constructed around this sharp corner to improve safety.


This photograph shows a view of Muri Rd before a pedestrian walkway was constructed around this sharp corner to improve safety.

This photograph shows a view of Muri Rd and the new pedestrian walkway, which was constructed around a sharp corner to improve pedestrian safety.


This photograph shows a view of Muri Rd and the new pedestrian walkway, which was constructed around a sharp corner to improve pedestrian safety.

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Ocean Parade landscaping

This photograph shows a the southern end of Ocean Beach Parade and the concreted carpark before landscaping work began.

This photograph shows a the southern end of Ocean Beach Parade and the concreted carpark before landscaping work began.

This photograph shows the southern end of Ocean Parade following landscaping work which replaced the carpark area with lawn.

This photograph shows the southern end of Ocean Parade following landscaping work which replaced the carpark area with lawn.

Grass replaces concrete

Landscaping work started in early 2009 to restore the natural ecology, coastal character and local pride in the foreshore area at the end of Ocean Parade.

This work has involved:

  • Repairing the coastal edge with rocks (rip-rap) and planting
  • Replacing the end car park with a grassed picnic area
  • Reinstating the scree and planting along the hillside edge
  • Retelling the natural and cultural history of the site with signage and marker 'pou'

The work aimed to blend seamlessly with the local environment, restoring the indigenous habitat for wildlife and visitors using naturally occurring elements of rocks, scree, driftwood and planting.

These elements have been used at the edges between grass, road seal and paths. They will also be used to construct new seats and a picnic table with solid timber construction. Some existing road seal and timber edges have been removed altogether and replaced with grass and planting to help 'soften' and crib back the expanse currently dominated by vehicles.

Other design features:

Pou Whenua – in association with local iwi, a large post will be placed to mark the natural boundary at the entrance of the reserve. It is envisaged that this post may be carved or adorned to give reference to the legend of Wairaka rock.

Seating and Picnics – some new seating and a picnic table are proposed, although built elements will be kept to a minimum. These will be solid timber and left to weather, to look like driftwood. A picnic table will be placed in the new grassed end bay. Driftwood logs and large rocks placed to retain the base of the scree slope will further provide informal sitting edges.

Car parking – while not being reduced, it will be better defined and managed to reduce the visual and ecological impact of vast amounts of seal. Vehicles will be guided away from the coastal edge and grassed areas with strategic placement of rocks, trees and planted mounds – similar to those areas previously planted along the foreshore.

Signage – to be placed under the shelter of the existing toilet block structure.

 

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Community Planting Day

In July 2009 about 30 Pukerua Bay residents joined a small team of tree planting experts from Council's Works Operations to plant 1500 native plants along the steep hillsides above Pukerua Bay beach as part of the landscaping project. It was a great day with good community support, wonderful weather and a community BBQ with scones provided by Margaret Shields.

 

See below for images from the day and the final look (October 2009).

Community planting day.

Community planting day.

Community planting day.

Community planting day.

This photograph shows the southern end of Ocean Parade 
after landscaping to redevelop hard carpark space into lawn and plantings.


This photograph shows the southern end of Ocean Parade
after landscaping to redevelop hard carpark space into lawn and plantings.


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