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