Look out for history
The Rotary Club of Tawa and the suburb’s historical society will next month host a commemorative walk to shine the spotlight on Tawa Lookout and celebrate the area’s history.
The community is being encouraged to come together on Sunday, February 20 for a stroll up to the lookout on Woodman Dr, which was built in 2005 by Tawa Rotary and Wellington City Council.
Along the way Tawa Historical Society ( THS) chairman Bruce Murray will talk about the area’s history.
The event is a celebration of Tawa history from its pioneering days, when the Porirua Rd was built through Tawa Flat (Kenepuru Valley, 1846-47), to present, says THS deputy chairman Phil Harland.
The walk will begin from the Mervyn Kemp Library by the Historic Display Tower on the corner of Main Rd and Cambridge St about 2pm, preceded by entertainment and an introduction from Mr Murray at the Tawa Community Centre at 1.30pm.
Walkers will be invited to register for the excursion and – for a small fee – will receive a certificate of achievement. Brochures with a map to the Tawa Lookout and historical information on the origin of street names will also be provided.
Scottish bagpipes will greet walkers at the summit, and afterwards folks will be invited to return to the community centre for refreshments. Brian Mexted, formerly a resident of Tawa for many years, will pro- vide some interesting stories on life in the early days of Tawa, followed by a farewell acclamation from Tawa Rotary president Tony Heyward.
The pathway from the library to the lookout is about 2km with the final part of the walk quite steep, but there will be several stops along the way.
Walk this way: Next week’s notable trek to the Tawa Lookout is intended to be a celebration of the suburb’s past and present. From left, Tawa Historic Society deputy chairman Phil Harland, Tawa Rotary president Tony Heyward and THS chairman Bruce Murray.