Newsletter No. 242

October 15, 2023

The photo above is the community hall during its re-roof of the old asbestos containing malthoid membrane flat roof. Work is almost done and the wrap and scaffolding should be coming down this week. A sneak preview inside shows what should be a very fine looking new roof. Can’t wait to see it properly!

Houghton Valley School Fair

Saturday 28 October, 10 am – 2 pm

Come to Houghton Valley School for a great day out. There will be live music, crafts, pre-loved clothes, toys, books, plants and other goodies, games and activities, cute furry animals to meet, delicious food stalls including freshly baked treats, curries and Havana coffee!

The event is aiming for zero waste, so please help by bringing your own bags, keep cup, plate, containers etc.

If you have plants for the plant stall, bring them along between 9 and 10 am. Please no karo seedlings (we have enough in the valley) and no pot plant tradescantia (it reverts and spread when thrown out into the garden).

Compassionfest 2023

 The life of Kae Miller, who built the Alice Kreb’s Lodge on Te Raekaihau, is being celebrated on October 27-29 as part of this year’s Compassionfest, organised by the Island Bay Presbyterian Centre at 88 The Parade. The festival features music, activities, an afternoon at the Lodge and a panel discussion. See more in the attached press release.

Update on Te Mauri o Te Wai – Lifting the Creek

We have been persuaded by Yadana Saw of Wellington Regional Council that it is worth a try a petition to WCC about getting our landfill / leachate / stormwater remediation project into the Long Term Plan after all. Although is is fairly evident that the Council is hard pressed to find enough money for the basics, it is still important to get our message out there, and in the meantime we will just keep going with whatever we can do.We will send out a link to the petition once it is set up and approved by WCC. In the meantime we have put together a lot of the background information on what we have done regarding this project over the last decade. This is now on our website. It is important that we actually show how much we have done and know.
Also, we have put together a document with the workshop suggestions and those from earlier, as a start towards creating a brief.

As a follow up to this, the next Houghton Valley Progressive Association meeting will be a Creek Walk, where we walk the length of the valley and share what we know about the existing water ways and pipes and imagine the new natural stormw

ater system. There will be an afternoon tea at the Buckley Reserve Playground. This is planned for Sunday November 12. More information later, but save the date.

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