At the annual general meeting of New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) on Friday 20 November there was an awards ceremony and the Award for ‘Outstanding Project’ went to Te Ara Piko.
The citation reads: To recognise excellence, innovation and effectiveness in the provision of a recreation and leisure project.
Winner: Te Ara Piko Pathway (Porirua City Council and Rotary Club of Plimmerton).
The Te Ara Piko Pathway is a shared pathway around the Pauatahanui inlet near Porirua. The inlet is unique in that it is the only large coastal wetland left in the lower North Island. The Department of Conservation has rated it as a site of National Significance.
Since 2005, the pathway has been developed in multiple stages, based on available funding. An outstanding example of council and community partnership, this safe, attractive and accessible walkway is helping bring together and reinvigorate the local community.
As this is a national award, it is especially significant that Te Ara Piko was the winner, over all other submitted projects.
Andrew Gray & Olivia Dovey of Porirua City Council with Ron Lucas of Plimmerton Rotary