Former Porirua pupils to re­unite

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

Porirua mem­o­ries will flow at an up­com­ing re­u­nion for pupils of the old Porirua School, which closed in 1958, its site now home to the North City shop­ping cen­tre.

Ex-pupils Barry Ngan and Jane Ed­wards are or­gan­is­ing the April get-to­gether, a way to re­unite old friends who don’t see each other much any more, Mr Ngan says.

‘‘We’re all get­ting on now; I’m 72. A lot of my class­mates have passed away.

‘‘I thought it would be nice just to have a get­to­gether and catch up with peo­ple, be­cause you don’t see them for years un­less you do some­thing like this.’’

Porirua School was open from 1886 to 1958 and all ex-pupils are wel­come at the re­u­nion, Mr Ngan says. ‘‘The more the bet­ter.’’

A sound­track from the past will be pro­vided by Pat Southee of the Su­person­ics band.

Mr Ngan started at Porirua School as a 9-yearold in 1950, when his fam­ily moved from the Hutt Val­ley and opened a gen­eral store op­po­site Porirua train sta­tion.

Porirua was just a ham­let then, with un­sealed roads and only three schools, he says. ‘‘When we came here it was just like a lit­tle coun­try vil­lage.’’

The other schools were in Kenepuru, near where the Strike bowl­ing al­ley now op­er­ates, and a oneclass­room af­fair at the Wal­ton Leigh Rd round­about, near Ci­ty­fit­ness gym.

There were no schools in Ti­tahi Bay, and the six-class­room Porirua School drew most of its pupils from Ti­tahi Bay and Taka­puwahia, Mr Ngan says.

Life­long friend­ships were forged, such as the one be­tween Mr Ngan and Mrs Ed­wards, he says.

Mr Ngan went to col­lege in Welling­ton be­cause Porirua’s first high school, Mana Col­lege, was not built un­til 1957.

Mr Ngan ran a teashop and take­away for 33 years in Hartham Pl South.

Porirua School re­u­nion, Fri­day, April 12 at 6pm, Dy­nasty Restau­rant on Ha­gley St. RSVP by April 1 to Barry Ngan, 027 628 5288 or poriruaold school@gmail.com, or to Jane Ed­wards, 237 4664, 021 258 1377 or pe­terand­jane@xtra.co.nz.

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