Fordyce loves sharing history
Linda Fordyce has been an education officer for Porirua City Council for 26 years and loves the hands-on element in her job.
‘‘We get kids come through and do treasure hunts [in the historical collections] and I love it,’’ she said.‘‘ Teaching the kids the importance of history is so important. I feel really privileged to be able to open their eyes.’’
Fordyce also does history talks for businesses and council groups and said she loved finding out something new about Porirua almost every day. Her talks were action-packed, she said.
‘‘ This [ Porirua] was SH1 for waka travel. There are two easily defendable islands close by, it’s got food reserves and a harbour, so you can see why Te Rauparaha and Governor Grey coveted it.
‘‘It’s one of the places Maori and Pakeha met for the first time and people have fought and killed for the right to live here.
‘‘Ngatitoa Domain is Wellington’s oldest settlement site and cuts on moa bones show there have been people here since the 1400s.’’
Fordyce has co-written a history of Titahi Bay, another on Porirua’s seaside towns and is about to release a council- funded third edition of Following the First Footprints, charting the area’s history up until 1901.