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From your Mayor - 12 October 2021

Mayor Anita Baker

Porirua’s community sector never fails to amaze me with their dedication and ingenuity. We have an incredible array of organisations offering all kinds of support services. They’re a vital ingredient in the city’s resilience. It’s impossible to imagine Porirua without them.

Take Pacific Health Plus, a community health provider in Cannons Creek. About six weeks ago, they set up a vaccination service that has already delivered 6000 jabs. The Dominion Post described their methodology this way: “Sometimes, staff will run outside, and ask people walking around if they’d like to get their Covid-19 jab. Other times, they’re picking people up from their homes – those who need extra help getting to the centre on Bedford St – in their 11-seater van”.

It was great to see public recognition for one of our many hard-working community-based organisations, so I’d like to use this space to mention a few others who’ve been doing us proud of late.

Alongside Pacific Health Plus, Ora Toa – the iwi-run health provider – has more than pulled its weight during Covid. They offer everything from GP check-ups to dental care, and alcohol and drug counselling.

Taeaomanino Trust does great work with Pacific communities, providing social and mental health services. During Covid, they saw a need in the community and retooled as a food delivery service for households in need. Along with St Anne’s Pantry and The Salvation Army, they helped make sure nobody in Porirua went hungry during a difficult time.

Thanks also to Porirua and Plimmerton Rotary for providing masks to Porirua schools, a practical response to an immediate need. Their primary school leadership awards are also great.

There are too many others to mention – but if you work or volunteer in one of our many community organisations, please know we are grateful.

12 Oct 2021