The Nikao Social Centre Market is getting its dome installed. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/21020208/21020209
With plans to establish the Nikao Social Centre area as a park, laws and regulations aligning with the National Environment Services will soon be implemented.
around littering and conservation of land and sea resources will be put in
place to ensure proper use of the Nikao Social Centre area.
was a week ago that the Nikao community raised concerns on the use of the
Nikao/Blackrock beach area where rubbish was burnt and a tree was damaged in
were also raised on the blatant disregard of public laws on the consumption of
alcohol in the area – this is also said to be contributing to the increase in
MP Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa, who is also the Minister of Internal Affairs, has
received reports of people bringing their rubbish from home to fill up bins at
the Social Centre.
Kairua, the chairman of the Nikao Fishers and Growers Association, said “old
habits die hard, but these habits will soon be rid of” as they plan to put tougher
measures in place to combat littering.
said even after all the recent discussions around people leaving their empty
drink bottles on the beach, there was a group of men drinking openly on the
beach towards the Black Rock side recently and “by 5pm there were already empty
bottles being left next to the bins”.
of National Environment Service Nga Puna said: “The Environment Service has for
years relied on awareness to help our people find their sense of stewardship to
looking after this beautiful gift God gave our ancestors.”
there are always the few that spoils it for everybody.”
next approach is to carry on with awareness but use the laws to help out with
enforcement, says Puna.
idea here is to correct the behaviour and make it second nature to our people,
to take care of our ‘Ipukarea Tūmanava’.”
say they will be increasing their surveillance around the Nikao Social Centre
area as past warnings against consuming alcohol in the area have not been taken
Commissioner of Police Akatauira Matapo has warned “prosecutions will follow” if
these appeals fall on deaf ears.
have little choice but to enforce the law. The community cooperation is
appreciated as every effort is required to keep the Social Centre safe and
enjoyable for everyone,” Matapo said.
spokesman Trevor Pitt said people have been warned about drinking in a public
place, especially around holiday time.
adds it has been difficult to monitor constantly, “so tips from the public
would be useful”.
discussions are in progress with relevant stakeholders in identifying a holistic
approach to establish the Nikao Social Centre Park complete with policies to
govern its proper use.
says once the framework around protecting the area is in place, they can then
commit resources to improving facilities such as the appropriate redesign and
layout of rest room facilities, with the consideration of environment impact to
the lagoon from water runoff from showers and toilet facilities.
will also be working on a replanting programme – already on the discussion
have started with the planting of dwarf coconut trees. To be followed by
planting of native hardwood trees, flowering plants for revenue generation for
the mamas, known durable shade trees for the beachline – hibiscus, kaukau
garbage disposal facilities, removing dead and rotting trees for safety hazards,
improvement on the security of the area, fencing the roadside of the park and
creating one entry and exit, are also in the pipeline.
adds the Nikao Social Centre Market is part of the proposed Nikao Social Centre
Park but operating as a separate entity. It is in the process of getting its dome