Wharemauku Rename Challenged

Wharemauku Stream near Coastlands
Wharemauku Stream near Coastlands

PATH OF FOLLY?

Op-Ed, by Guy Burns,of Raumati

Tomorrow the Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board will consider renaming the Wharemauku Stream Path to ‘Diane Ammundsen Path.’

But this is perhaps the last step on a road of bureaucratic folly.

The proposal by a KCDC Parks and Recreation Planner to rename the Wharemauku Stream Path is a step in the wrong direction.

Wharemauku Stream near Kapiti Airport, looking towards the east
Wharemauku Stream near Kapiti Airport, looking towards the east

This path has been in existence from time immemorial. I have used it since the late 1970s as a convenient shortcut to Paraparaumu from Raumati Beach. Thankfully, the four farm fences that crossed the track have gone and over the years, it has developed to a proper walking/bike track.

A well-known name

This path has always been known as the Wharemauku Stream Path or Track.

Wharemauku was the main Pa at Raumati Beach occupied until the early 1840s by a hapu of Ati Awa tribe, set above the Wharemauku stream, which flows from the hills behind Paraparaumu into the sea at Raumati.

I question how a KCDC Officer can with one hand, provide one name for the Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board to consider, and with the other totally ignore the historic and traditional name of Wharemauku.

This is not democracy in action. The Community Board should be consulting with the Community, not reacting to the whims of KCDC staff.

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Editor’s note:

The Community Board report stresses the name of the stream will remain Wharemauku, only the path would be named in recognition of Cr Ammundsen.

The report also states:

‘Cr Ammundsen moved to the Kāpiti Coast in 1966 and started working at Council as a receptionist in the 1970’s. She became a Councillor in 1989 when the Kāpiti Borough Council became Kāpiti Coast District Council.

‘Cr Ammundsen has decided not to stand as a candidate at the next local body election in October 2016 and will have served the district for 27 consecutive years at the end of this triennium, 21 as a Paraparaumu Ward Councillor and six as a District-wide representative.

‘Cr Ammundsen has also been active in a number of different community areas… She has been involved with: environmental restoration groups including Wharemauku and Tikotu Stream Care and Restoration Groups; (and) Keep Kapiti Coast Beautiful.’ (abridged)