The Rotary Club of Plimmerton has received more accolades, through its Te Ara Piko project with Porirua City Council, making accessible the beautiful Pauatahanui Inlet for people to enjoy by walking The Meandering Path.
At the District Governor’s changeover on Tuesday 24 June 2014 the Club was presented with a District Cup for “Public Image Award” and a District Governor’s Citation for “its role in raising the awareness of Rotary particularly as the result of work it has done on the Te Ara Piko Pathway at Pauatahanui Inlet.” There have been several articles in the local press over the past few years bringing public attention to Rotary’s involvement in progress on the pathway, and recently a wonderful video filmed by Michael Thomson’s drone has been shown at The Lighthouse Cinema in Pauatahanui. The video can be viewed on both the Te Ara Piko website and the Rotary Club of Plimmerton website.
The first section of the Pathway is complete allowing people to walk, run and cycle from Pauatahanui Village to Motukaraka Point on the north side of the Inlet. The next section from Motukaraka Point to the Cambourne walkway is in the planning stage and when it is completed within the next few years it will provide a continuous safe pathway along the entire north side of the Inlet to Mana and south to Whitby on footpaths.
Past President Ron Lucas received the awards at a club meeting on 1 July 2014 and was duly surprised and delighted. It is especially meaningful for Ron as he has been involved with the Pathway since the idea was first mooted, and it is through his tenacity in working with Porirua City Council and his skills as a surveyor that this stage has been reached.