Whitby Village Planning - before 2012
This page describes Village Planning Programme work undertaken in Whitby, prior to 2012. This programme is a partnership between Porirua City Council and the community of Whitby to develop and improve the village.
To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.
Go to the main Whitby page to find out about current Village Planning Programme work, how Whitby developed a Village Plan and to find Whitby village planning contacts.
Whitby Village Planning - News
New Whitby shopping center footpath
A new footpath has been built from the Whitby Library, past the creche and down to meet the road.
The path gives safe access for pedestrians from the Library and carpark area across to the mall.
Work began in early February 2013 - as pictured below - and was completed by early March.
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Whitby Lakes Fishing
Partnership promotes fishing in Whitby
The Hutt Valley Coarse Fishing Club and Porirua City Council with support from Fish & Game New Zealand, are promoting coarse fishing at the Whitby lakes.
Whitby Lakes are a designated coarse angling fishery, where anglers with a fishing licence can catch Tench and Perch.
Three new signs have gone up at the lakes giving information about the fishery and the fishing platform is being replaced.
Check out the new fishing signs (PDF)
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Walkway and reserves; upgrades and new signs
Whitby is blessed to have many walkways and reserves that are regularly maintained and upgraded.
Recent work (carried out during June 2012) includes:
New signs developed for Whitby
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett, Whitby residents, councillors and council staff prepare to cement in Whitby's new walkway sign on the Spinnaker Drive walkway.
New signage was designed for Whitby in 2011, incorporating Whitby's logo, a representation of Capital Cook's ship The Endeavour.
Since then, new signs have been installed and upgraded through Whitby as required.
The first one to go in, in October 2011 was the sign (pictured above) on Spinnaker Walkway near The Anchorage.
Whitby Residents Association chairperson Robin Gunston says development of the walkways is an integral part of Whitby's Village Plan.
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Distance markers plot course for Whitby walkers
Whitby Walkfest organiser Lisa Webber takes a look at the distance markers that have gone in around the Whitby Lake.
Distance markers for Whitby Lake
Whitby walkers can now measure their exercise with a series of markers erected around Whitby Lake.
The distance markers went up in January 2012 at the request of local residents, keen to know exactly how far the walk around the lakes is.
Keen walker and local resident Lisa Webber says anything that encourages people to get out and exercise is very welcome.
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Whitby Walkfest - March 2011
The second annual Whitby Walkfest was held in glorious sunshine on 20 March 2011 from 12 noon until 4pm.
An estimated 250 people took part in the festival which celebrates Whitby's 12kms of interlinked walkways that traverse the village. Lots of spot prizes were given out and emergency packs distributed.
Organiser Lisa Webber was thrilled with the day.
The photograph below shows Whitby resident Becky Hawthorne (right) and friend Caitlin McBride (left) of Seatoun taking part in the Whitby Walkfest 2011 on their unicycles. (Photograph by Geoff Mowday - Whitby Newsbrief)
The photographs below were taken on the day by Geoff Mowday of the Whitby Newsbrief.
The photograph above shows Olivia Bixley (10) and and Ruth Bishop (9) enjoying a sausage sizzle and cold drink after the Whitby Walkfest.
The photograph above shows Whitby Walkfest organiser Lisa Webber (left) with the Anti Litter Bug (alias Meg Hayman) and her sister Gemma Hayman during the Whitby Walkfest.Back to news
New Capstan for Whitby walkway
The photograph above shows Whitby resident Patrick Attwood with the capstan he arranged to have installed alongside Whitby's main walkway.
Capstan from King Kong boat now in Whitby
The capstan from the boat used by film maker Peter Jackson in his film King Kong, has been installed alongside the main Whitby walkway. A capstan is a revolving drum used to tighten a ship's mooring lines.
The installation is the work of local resident Patrick Attwood, who is also Greater Wellington Harbour's Deputy Harbourmaster.
He teamed up with Porirua City Council staff to put the capstan in place in June 2010 and worked to restore it to its former glory. He says this capstan is unusual in that it is handcranked, rather than powered by electricity or hydraulics.
Patrick is also responsible for installing a capstan in nearby Capstan Lane several years ago.
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