Former Porirua pupils to reunite
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 email@example.com, or to Jane Edwards, 237 4664, 021 258 1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.