Improvements to Ōruaiti Reserve, which lies between Seatoun and Breaker Bay, were completed in November 2012 and included:
- upgrading the main walkway (Te Ara o Kupe) from the Pass of Branda to Ludlam Street and onto Hector Street
- constructing a waka-like feature marking the site of the former Ōruaiti Pā
- upgrading tracks to improve accessibility to the military structures
- starting the habitat restoration plan by planting more than 5,000 plants
- creating new interpretive signage to tell the history of the reserve
- installing new way-finding signage
- landscaping the four entrance ways.
A dawn blessing of the reserve to celebrate the completion of the improvements took place on 21 November.
News - Blessing to Celebrate Ōruaiti Reserve Upgrade - 19.11.12
The $400,000 upgrade was funded through the Plimmer Bequest.
The Plimmer Bequest
Wellington City Council and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust jointly developed a reserve management plan for Ōruaiti Reserve (formerly known as Point Dorset Recreation Reserve).
Council approved the final plan in October 2011:
Ōruaiti Reserve Management Plan
The reserve management plan identifies:
- the vision for the reserve over the next 10 years
- the natural and cultural features of the reserve and how these will be protected
- recreational activities on the reserve
- actions needed to carry out the plan.
Ōuraiti Reserve was awarded the international Green Flag Award for 2013/14 following this upgrade:
News - Ōruaiti Reserve Wins International Recognition - 08.01.14
Walkways and Reserves Officer