Whitby Residents Association

The Whitby Residents Association (Inc) was established about 40 years ago with the development of Whitby itself, and has played an active role in the village, and the facilities, services, and residential development.

Earlier this year, we completed our 2013 village plan, which itemised desirable development in Whitby and Silverwood going forward, including a ‘wish list’ of projects which will enhance the village and the lifestyle we all enjoy.

Whitby Village Plan Photo

In 2030 Whitby will be the most desirable place to live in the Wellington region. It will have an upper quartile quality of life for all its residents as evidenced by a wide variety of housing styles, shops and community facilities. There will be an extensive network of interconnecting walkways covering all of Whitby and a higher than normal percentage of reserves. It will be a friendly, safe, caring community which is committed to the preservation of a sustainable lifestyle. It will show a strong affinity in its local character to James Cook and his exploration of Aotearoa.


Porirua City Council has received an application for resource consent from Whitby Village 2009 Ltd, owners of Whitby Retirement Village for a 60 bed aged care facility, to be built on the land at the northern end of their site, adjacent to Samuel Marsden Collegiate.

The proposed aged care facility will provide a mix of hospital level care and rest home level care. It will comprise a new architecturally designed three storey building with basement car parking, 50 care suites, 10 care beds and supporting facilities.

The ACF will not be a hospital where operations are performed, nor is it proposed to set up the ACF as a secure dementia facility.

The proposal exceeds several of the District Plan Permitted Activity Standards including site coverage, height, height recession plane, car parks and earthworks. The maximum height of ACF building is proposed to be 11.9m, as measured from original ground levels. The ACF building will have a footprint of 1220m2 with a site coverage of 48.3%.

The development will be located in the Suburban Zone of the Porirua City District Plan. The legal description of the application sites are Lots 3 & 5 DP 89372. The proposal is overall a Discretionary Activity under the Porirua City District Plan.

Consultation closes on August 4, 2015. Go to http://www.pcc.govt.nz/News—Events/Public-Consultation/Whitby-Aged-Care-Facility for further information.


Spinnaker Summit

Spinnaker Summit

If you are feeling fit and want to see the stunning ‘view of a lifetime’, make the climb to the new Spinnaker Lookout, which was officially opened last month. With short but steep walking access only from The Anchorage and Mercury Way, it is well worth the effort to get up there, and enjoy the panorama which stretches from Mana Island around to Pauatahanui, looking north.

The new lookout has seating and information panels, and the pupils of Discovery School buried a time capsule on the site, which is also identified. Soon the bare clay will be top soiled and grassed. Be sure to take some water with you when you visit. The drink will be welcome when you reach the top, but save some for refreshment again when you return home.

Lakes Distance Markers


Whitby walkers can now measure their exercise with a series of markers around Whitby Lake. The markers were installed at the request of local residents, keen to know how far the walk is. Walking and exercise are part and parcel of living in and enjoying Whitby.