NZTA are proposing a big road through the last undeveloped headwaters of Porirua Stream, which is a major tributary of the Porirua Harbour system.
Last week Wellington City Councillors voted to endorse the new Te Awaura-O-Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy Action Plan to clean up the Porirua catchment. Surprisingly, Councillors weren’t even told by officials that Takapu Valley is an such an important asset to Porirua Stream and Harbour health in their report to bulldoze Takapu Valley in the following agenda item. This report (item 3.3) made no mention of the terrible impacts possible if councillors vote for Option D of the Petone to Grenada Road proposal.
There are no trout in the Takapu Headwaters. The stream teams with native fish (Banded kokopu, upland bullies, long finned eel etc) that replenish the catchment, and the 50+ springs in the headwaters feed pure water into a neglected stream. NZTA’s plan would see huge amounts of sediement, hydrocarbon and rubber pollution washing into the catchment continually. This can’t be allowed to happen.Click here for a link to the biggest map image to view.