Welcome to Kakariki Street. From October 2010 until June 2011 we were Paekakariki’s first entry into the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Greenest Street competition. The aim was for each participating street to improve their overall impact on the environment as individual households and as a community. We were judged on A. How much we improved by June 2011 (30%), B. What our overall footprint was at the end (30%), C. What we achieved as a community group (30%), and D. Other initiatives that may not be covered in the questionnaire (10%). No one was singled out as good or bad because marks were based on the average person’s footprint in each street.
Kakariki Street a cluster of 13 households at the northern end of Paekakariki but you won’t find it on any map as we are spread over 3 adjoining streets, many of us backing on to each other’s properties. The Kakariki Street Project joined Tilley Rd, Te Miti St and Haumia St, to create one new one. We live in mostly 1960s bungalows, many of which were built by the Railways and we are made up of mostly young, medium sized families. Many of us have long been working towards a life that’s less carbon heavy, and so we got off to a good start. We have a very strong sense of community here and the desire to make this beautiful place even better.
Now the competition has come to an end (prize-giving was on 26th June 2011). We had the most incredible 9 months of learning and growing as a neighbourhood within the wider Paekakariki community and the great thing is, it has never really stopped even though the competition did. Where ever possible, we have tried to invite the whole village along to our workshops and events, and people have really responded. We have been offered and donated many things by Kakariki Street admirers from all over Paekakariki, and in turn we have been sharing stories of everything we know and have learnt about living lighter on this plant. The conversations will continue for a long time into the future I am sure!