Pataka seeks re­minders of early Porirua

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Pataka Mu­seum is on the hunt for ob­jects for an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing next June called We Built This City.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be part of Porirua 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

It will ex­plore the cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment of Porirua since 1965 through its build­ings, streets and vil­lages.

Pataka is seek­ing items that re­late to early Porirua, es­pe­cially ob­jects re­lat­ing to a build­ing or busi­ness – per­haps some­thing bought at James Smith’s (or the bag it came home in), or a glass from the Bot­tom Tav­ern – some­thing that tells a story.

When Porirua’s new city was planned and built in the early 1960s, the old town dis­ap­peared. No street or town cen­tre build­ings re­mained un­changed, and even Kenepuru Stream was di­verted.

The pur­pose-built 1960s Porirua City emerged as if there never had been a town under it. Ev­ery­thing was dif­fer­ent.

Con­tact Alice Mas­ters at Pataka for in­for­ma­tion or if you have an ob­ject to lend. Email amas­ters@ pcc. govt. nz or phone 237 1546.

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