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From your Mayor - 13 February

Mayor Anita Baker-extend-base-768x402px

Lately there's been a great deal of focus on questions around infrastructure - the networks of roads and pipes any city needs in order to function effectively and provide essential services for residents.

That debate, and decisions pertaining to it, are of utmost importance and will be my top priority for the foreseeable future. But a city's wellbeing cannot be measured by bricks, mortar and pipes alone.

There is another, largely invisible, infrastructure, one involving different kinds of networks, that also underpins our resilience and wellbeing - and that is the vast array of community and volunteer organisations who, together, make Porirua stronger, richer and more cohesive.

I was proud to once again join thousands of residents and visitors to celebrate Waitangi Day at Te Rauparaha Park this year, showcasing the diversity, the sounds, the music, the kai and the spirit of optimism that make Porirua such a wonderful and welcoming place to call home.

As always, it was also a chance to acknowledge the special role of Ngāti Toa, a people whose bond with this special corner of Aotearoa-New Zealand is longstanding and unbreakable.

The Pasifika community joined mana whenua to explore and celebrate their shared nautical heritage at the Matali'i Va'a Festival on February 9 and 10, culminating in a spectacular 'Sail Out' on the harbour. Later in the month, on the 24th, the local Asian community will lead a celebration of the Lunar New Year. I'm told that 2024, the Year of the Dragon, promises tenacity and intelligence - qualities we will definitely need!

This is a snapshot of the wide range and diversity of cultural and other events in Porirua's calendar that I am fortunate enough to see first hand as Mayor. Check out the Council's website to see what else is on during summer - we have already had A-League football at Porirua Park and summer concerts.

Many events in our city are free to attend and are open to everyone.

13 Feb 2024