For the first time a comprehensive “State of the Harbour” scorecard has been established to report on progress toward arresting the decline in harbour condition and returning it to a healthy and resilient state.
In releasing the first scorecard the Chairperson of the Porirua Harbour Trust, Grant Baker mentioned the important role the Trust has in supporting the community, the councils, Ngati Toa and agency action to make positive changes to the ecosystems of the catchment and harbour.
Mr Baker said that the scorecard for the 2013 year is the first in an annual series that will be produced every February.
Mr Baker said it was pleasing to see the score for some of the indicators and he especially noted the rating of Excellent for the rate of sedimentation of the Onepoto Arm (subtidal) and Pauatahanui Inlet (intertidal). He was pleased to see the majority of recreational clubs surveyed consider that the water quality has improved over the last few years and all rated their on water experience as good. The Very Poor rating for large items of rubbish getting into the mouth of the Porirua Stream in the Onepoto Arm is of concern and will be raised with the PCC Harbour committee.
The full report is available in our Report section. 2013 Scorecard