Further to walk, ride, run …
By Phillip Reidy
Posted: 30 May 2014
The first section of the Te Ara Piko Pathway was opened by Nick Leggett, Mayor of Porirua City and Ron Lucas, President Rotary Club of Plimmerton at a function in Pauatahanui on Wednesday 28 May 2014.
The function was in the Light House Cinema and took place in front of a dramatic photo, projected on the big screen, of the latest bridge to be completed on the Pathway.
Comment was made on the scale of the joint project between Porirua City and Plimmerton Rotary and the vision and tenacity of the project partners in reaching this first milestone in building a Pathway around the Pauatahanui Inlet.
To increase awareness of the Te Ara Piko pathway a video clip competition was held with the prize being $2000 worth of media equipment. The competition was open to students in Porirua and the winning entry was produced by Hayden Smith from Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Whitby. The entry was entitled “North of Middle Earth” and was shown for the first time on the screen at the cinema after the prize had been presented by Mayor Nick Leggett.
The need for funding over and above that contributed by Porirua City is an important issue for this project as the next stage gets underway from Motukaraka Point to Camborne. A number of opportunities for financial support from modest to not so modest were identified with further information available from the Plimmerton Rotary website.
The function concluded with a video clip produced by local identity, Michael Thomson, who designed, built and flew a remote controlled helicopter to produce a visually outstanding look at the Pathway from a totally different perspective. The result shows how well the Te Ara Piko Pathway is integrated with the Pauatahanui Inlet and how it allows access for all to enjoy the beauty of this extraordinary area so close to Porirua City and greater Wellington.