Nos­tal­gia big on Face­book

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A Porirua-themed Face­book group formed in a mo­ment of bore­dom has be­come wildly pop­u­lar, at­tract­ing tens of thou­sand of mem­bers within a week of be­ing es­tab­lished.

The ‘‘Porirua’’ group bills it­self as ‘‘ The ‘ of­fi­cial’ home­town page of Porirua’’ and at time of pub­li­ca­tion had 18,600 mem­bers.

It was cre­ated by Can­nons Creek man Den­nis Makalio Jr on Fri­day, July 13, and by the end of that week­end had 4000 mem­bers, he says.

Mem­bers can re­quest to join the group or are added by Face­book friends who are al­ready group mem­bers.

A dull mo­ment on Face­book pro­vided the in­spi­ra­tion for the group, 23-year-old Mr Makalio says.

‘‘I was a bit bored and look­ing around on Face­book, I saw a lot of other towns had groups.

‘‘ I searched up Porirua but couldn’t find much, so I thought I’d try my own.’’

The pop­u­lar­ity of the group has sur­prised him.

‘‘I didn’t ac­tu­ally ex­pect any­thing to go like this. It was just a bit of bore­dom,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s all pretty cool.’’ Mem­bers are us­ing it as an op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Porirua and many his­tor­i­cal pho­tos of the city have been posted, Mr Makalio says.

Many posts get dozens, if not hun­dreds, of likes and com­ments.

The av­er­age age of mem­bers is be­tween 30 and 50, Mr Makalio be­lieves, which ac­counts for the nos­tal­gia.

‘‘The older gen­er­a­tion have taken it over.’’

About half the mem­bers live in Porirua now and the other half have since moved away, he reck­ons.

The group is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with for­mer Porirua res­i­dents now liv­ing in Bris­bane and the Gold Coast, and Porirua par­ties are be­ing planned there to unite group mem­bers, he says.

Mr Makalio is en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the group to meet for a photo on Sun­day, Au­gust 19, at 3.30pm at Porirua Park. Group mem­bers are plan­ning to hold a re­union party af­ter the pho­to­shoot.

Find the Porirua group at face­book.com/ groups/.

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