Fordyce loves shar­ing his­tory

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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.

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