Pataka seeks reminders of early Porirua
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.