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Welling­ton in 1950.

‘‘Gor­don had other ideas [and] he boldly took it upon him­self to take Judge Archer, chair­man of the ap­peal au­thor­ity, on a visit to Porirua in the midst of the Min­istry of Works town cen­tre de­vel­op­ment. He demon­strated how the area should be an ad­min­is­tra­tive en­tity in its own right.’’

The Porirua Bor­ough was cre­ated in 1962 and city sta­tus was achieved three years later.

‘‘Gor­don was ap­pointed Porirua’s first town clerk [ akin to to­day’s coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive] and from that time on his in­flu­ence was very ap­par­ent in the rapid de­vel­op­ment of the town cen­tre and sub­urbs. Gor­don Walsh and Porirua City are one and the same.’’

Mr Walsh’s CV is full-to­burst­ing with ap­point­ments and achieve­ments. Af­ter ser­vice in WWII, along with work­ing for Makara and Porirua City Coun­cil, he was an in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer with the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man and as­sisted with PCC elec­tions.

He held posts of sec­re­tary and chair­man of the li­cens­ing trust

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