Per­ma­nent his­tor­i­cal ex­hibit a pos­si­bil­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Photo: ALEXAN­DER TURN­BULL LI­BRARY

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.

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