'Worst alley in NZ' a no-go zone
An alleyway between two streets in eastern Porirua is becoming a no-go zone for children, with broken glass and discarded household waste being removed frequently by residents.
The public path between Corinna and Kaituna streets is often littered with broken glass. The back section of one house, about halfway up the alleyway, has become a dumping ground for bags of rubbish, old carpet, bottles, cans, an old baby seat and even soiled nappies, some spilling on to the path.
Resident Heni Real-Ngatai- Kururangi has taken it upon herself to regularly clear the refuse away.
"It must be one of the worst alleyways in New Zealand, I've taken countless bags of rubbish out of there, but it keeps coming in. It's disgusting. I can't believe people are doing it, especially seeing as there's children around and they use the alleyway every day."
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the dumping has been going on for months and the smell can get overpowering.
Porirua City Council (PCC) roading manager Geoff Marshall says the pathways between streets in Porirua are checked monthly. They will check this particular one weekly from now on. It is important the public ring the PCC's call centre on 237 5089 to report issues, he says.
"We have a two-day response time but for instances where there is health and safety at risk our staff usually attend straight away."
He would alert PCC's environmental standards staff, who were likely to contact the homeowners or landlord of the property where the rubbish is spilling from.