The partners, other agencies and the community have an agreed Strategy and Action Plan for improving the health of the harbour. A joint committee of the partners oversees the implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan. The Committee provides an annual report to Councils, the Rūnanga and the community about progress we’re making in implementing the strategy.
Greater Wellington Regional Council has set up the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee. The Porirua Whaitua is one of five covering the major catchments of the Wellington region. The Whaitua is a community-led group. It works with the community to establish freshwater quality and quantity standards, which will be included in the Regional Plan to recognise local and sub-regional variations in the management of land, water and air. The Porirua Whaitua also recognises the harbour as an significant waterbody to be protected and water quality to be improved. The Harbour Strategy and Action Plan is accepted as a guiding document in the considerations of the Whaitua Committee.
The Whaitua consults and works with the councils and community and will report recommendations back to the regional council. Draft reporting is likely to be completed by early 2018.
We’re working to raise public awareness that sediment and stormwater flow untreated into streams and the harbour, and is encouraging people to take a part in reducing these pollutants and to help improve the health of the environment. The Stormwater Bylaw works alongside other bylaws, planning provisions, resource consent conditions and programmes that help protect and imrove the harbour: