March Update

Published 31/03/2021

Karehana

In the Karehana catchment, consulting engineers have been gathering information, including site visits and meetings with a number of people whose homes were affected by the November flood. 

The Flood Management and Resilience Working Group met for the first time on 23 March, for what members felt was a useful discussion on a long list of options for reducing the risk of flooding.

The project plan sees Porirua City Council making decisions on preferred solutions in August this year.

Karehana surveying

Surveyors will be working along Airlie and Cluny Roads and around Karehana Park in the next few weeks, to build an accurate picture of ground and building levels and pipe work. 

Some residents will have received a letter asking for permission to enter properties to carry out this important work.  Thank you to those who have already responded.  If you haven’t responded yet, I encourage you to do so as this will contribute to us having the best information to base decisions on.

James Street and State Highway 1

We are in discussion with New Zealand Transport Agency, as a first step in investigating and finding solutions for this area.  

Hongoeka

The team at Porirua City Council will be in touch with Hongoeka Marae representatives about options to address flooding and stormwater issues there.

Operational readiness

Porirua City Council has taken community feedback on board about maintenance standards. The PCC Parks team, Downers and Wellington Water have set up a project team to share information and understand what each team does. This is all being pulled together into a joined up Maintenance Plan and Schedule. We are on track to finish this piece of work by end of April, when we’ll share it with you.

In the meantime, if you think a maintenance task is outstanding please ring PPC's Contact Centre on 04 237 5089, email enquiries@poriruacity.govt.nz 

Consenting

To support flood-affected residents, PCC is planning for a consenting drop-in clinic to be held in mid-April, where the building and resource consent planners will be available to chat with and seek advice or feedback on any planned work at home. We’ll be in touch with more detail closer to the date.

Finally, we understand the importance of moving with urgency to reduce the risk of flooding, and we are making progress as quickly as we can, while balancing this with taking the time we need to properly assess the options.