Look out for his­tory

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

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.

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