Raumati South Residents welcome to Community Meeting
Raumati South Residents Association (RSRA) 2015 AGM will be helf on 21st November, 3pm at Tennis Court Road Hall.
All Raumati South Residents welcome, both members and non members.
This is a pivotal time for the Association and you are urged to attend.Please read the Chairman's report below for clarity.
Please pass this on to neighbors and friends in Raumati South
Raumati South Residents Association History
Raumati South , also known as South Beach, is often considered as the sister village to Paekakariki and in the past has been called 'North Paekakariki'.
Menin Road is traditionally the Raumati South boundary.
Initial settlers were Bishop Hatfield and the Clunie family who owned and farmed land between Raumati South and Paekakariki. At that time, there was no Esplanade road along the beach so residents with baches had to carry their belongings down to their bach in that area.
In the past the RSRA has taken residents' concerns and perspectives regarding the Western Link Road (the road that was discussed prior to the current Expressway), the need for the development of the Esplanade (commissioning the seats that were designed and made by locals) and fixing the Esplanade road where it was getting damaged and undermined by the sea. RSRA managed the design and planting of Kawatiri Reserve (behind the tennis courts) and organising local planting missions around the area, including Raumati South wetlands in Queen Elizabeth Park and supporting the establishment of Moa Community Orchard in Jeep Road.
The RSRA assisted with the development of bike-park, upgrading of tennis courts, painting and sound proofing of the hall at Kawatiri Reserve and the establishment of the toilets at Raumati South end of Queen Elizabeth Park.
There has been input into the designs of Raumati South roundabouts and the Raumati South village such as traffic calming (such as installing speed restrictions and lobbying for traffic management research) and clearing bamboo from the area opposite the 4 Square. The outcomes of the traffic management report for Raumati South village and approaches have not been discussed with the community and KCDC's action plan is unclear.
The RSRA also played a significant role in the Board of Inquiry that was established to hear Kāpiti residents' concerns regarding the development of the Expressway. This involved a significant amount of work preparing reports, attending hearings and representing residents over a 2 year period. As a result of their work, 11 resource managements consents or Board of Inquiry conditions were granted to mitigate expressway effects on noise, traffic disruption, ground water with five year monitoring to ensure no change occurs; rehabilitation of the dune landforms, flora and fauna, the protection and restoration of wetlands and involve the residents association in local urban design and regular feedback on residents issues during construction and for 12 months afer.
RSRA has managed events include the blessing of the Esplanade when work was completed (led by the Kāpiti Coast Mayor and included a bar-be-que, braziers on the beach and jugglers!). Other significant community events have included a community garage sale to fund raise for audio visual equipment for the Raumati South Hall, the Raumati South Arts and Music Festival (10am – 12pm) in 2009, lantern parades from the village celebrating Matariki, the Good Dog Owner Event in 2011 and the Spring Fling Festival in 2012.
A recent change in the Council's Bylaws means that Raumati South Village traffic speed can be reduced but there is possibly advocacy work to make sure this happens.
There will be, in near future, increases in cyclists coming to village after or in between riding new cycle way between Poplar and Paekakariki so the community needs to prepare for that. Those cyclists will be crossing over Poplar Ave once the cycle way is complete.
There is still work to be done regarding NZTA's work to protect Raumati Peatlands and the local wetlands which should take place via a request through Expressway Community Liaison Group referring to Board of Inquiry conditions and resource consents for Raumati South.
Raumati South Residents Association. Chairman's (Trevor Daniell) Report 2015
During the year the Association initiated two new projects
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