Porirua Community Guardians
MEDIA RELEASE: 10 February 2016
Porirua Community Guardians group is heading into retirement
The steering group for the Porirua Community Guardians has decided to wind up the organisation.
The Guardians were established in 2003 to patrol the streets of Porirua to make the CBD safer.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Porirua Community Guardians Steering Group spokeswoman, Tracy Johnson, said the Guardians had performed an important role and it was now time to pass on the baton. The decision was confirmed at a steering group meeting last week and the volunteers were briefed this morning.
“Our guardians over the years have performed a valuable role in our community and we offer our heartfelt thanks for all the hard work they’ve put in,” Ms Johnson said.
“These hardworking locals have acted with integrity and professionalism over the years as they worked to look after their community.”
At present there are 12 volunteers, of whom eight regularly do daily patrols. In the past the Guardians had a bigger presence but over the years the numbers and the hours volunteers were available reduced.
“The Guardians in the past received funding from a variety of external grants but this is no longer the case,” Ms Johnson said.
“We encourage all volunteers who wish to continue to play a role to consider volunteering with other community patrols in the city.”
Monitoring of CCTV cameras will continue with those volunteers directly reporting to Police.
Kapiti‐Mana Police Community Crime Prevention Team Supervisor Sergeant Jonathan Westrupp said Police and the community were grateful for the Guardians’ work over the years.
“The Porirua Community Guardians have been a group of willing volunteers providing guardianship in the Porirua CBD.
We have seen many kind people through‐out the years who have put on that green coat, walked our streets and provided that friendly presence. It has been appreciated.
Their work continues with other patrol groups providing that guardianship in the CBD including the Ngati Toa Maori Wardens and the Kapiti‐Mana Pasifika Community Patrol. Thank‐you Porirua Community Guardians for your partnership with Kapiti‐Mana Police since 2003.”
There will be a formal ceremony to thank the volunteers early in March.