Permanent historical exhibit a possibility
A permanent historical exhibition at Pataka could soon become a reality.
Porirua Historical Society president Tony Cross said the subject had been raised frequently and that he was keen to re-ignite discussion.
The city was celebrating 50 years next year and there would be commemorations to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, providing plenty of fodder for a permanent display for visitors and residents, he said.
‘‘ We’d certainly be keen for something,’’ Cross said. ‘‘We have a good relationship with the city council and appreciate what they do for us.
‘‘The video [on a continuous loop on a TV] in the Pataka spine is good, but I think there could be more provision made for history in Pataka.’’
There was once a historical museum in the building opposite Takapuwahia Marae, Cross said.
It could be replicated in a more modern fashion in a fixed place in Pataka.
There was an element of fun and storytelling in the Takapuwahia display, he said.
The council’s general manager of community services, Euan Dempsey, said planning was underway for historical exhibitions next year to celebrate 50 years for the city.
‘‘We’re exploring what media we’re going to use and how it might look,’’ he said. ‘‘Our thinking caps are definitely on, but it is early days.
‘‘There is a [historical] display at the moment by the education centre, but there could be a case for making it more dynamic.’’
In terms of permanency, he said it would depend on space and what the public wanted to see.
A rotation of items to display, large boards and use of flat screens to show off Porirua’s varied history was among options being discussed, Dempsey said.
There could be more use of the Bottle Creek Gallery, used at the moment for community exhibitions, he said.
Three World War I exhibitions are in the pipeline for Pataka, including an installation from Waiouru’s museum, Dempsey said.
Cross said 2015 was a big year for Porirua in a historical sense. Plimmerton resident Allan Dodson’s research into Porirua people who served in World War I was moving along and could be an incredible centrepoint for military and civic tributes.
‘‘There’s going to be seminars, projects books and exhibitions. It’s going to be very exciting.’’
Two books on Porirua’s history will be coming out next year. One is a council-funded book that was last updated in 1998 and the other is an independent effort by June and Neil Penman.
History: Photos like this one – of fire damage in Steyne Ave, Plimmerton, in 1930 – could make up part of a permanent historical exhibition at Pataka.