Porirua and proud of it

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua res­i­dents of­ten shout from the rooftops about the good things go­ing on in their city. Of­ten, they feel the need to shout a bit louder or hold a demon­stra­tion of their pas­sion for Porirua, es­pe­cially when it seems the me­dia is not on their side.

This is what oc­curred on April 11, 1981, at the ‘‘ Porirua and Proud of it’’ rally. More than 100 peo­ple marched five kilo­me­tres from Wai­tan­girua Mall to the city cen­tre, many car­ry­ing ban­ners pro­claim­ing their pride in the city.

‘‘My nana lives in Porirua and she is the best’’, ‘‘Every­where has the good and the bad’’ and ‘‘Porirua and Proud of it’’ were just some of the slo­gans.

Porirua girls Alana MearsMitchell and Cin­na­mon Tararo were pho­tographed by famed pho­tog­ra­pher Ans Wes­tra out­side the coun­cil build­ings in Ha­gley St, where the rally was re­ceived by city coun­cil­lors.

The neg­a­tive stereo­types of Porirua came from its work­ing­class back­ground and some bad pub­lic­ity gen­er­ated dur­ing the re­cent visit of Prince Charles, the rally or­gan­is­ers said.

Agnes Wil­loughby, Sharron Johns, Mau­reen Vic­ars and Tina Kunz co-or­di­nated the march.

They said the bad im­age of Porirua was me­dia cre­ated and the city only made it into the news when some­thing bad hap­pened. Con­se­quently, peo­ple be­lieved it was an aw­ful place.

Marchers re­ceived plenty of en­cour­ag­ing horn sound­ings dur­ing the march and Min­istry of Trans­port of­fi­cers cleared the way for them, the Evening Post re­ported.

Johns told Kapi- Mana News af­ter­wards she was pleased it wasn’t just her and her three coor­gan­is­ers that turned up.

She said the rally was spur of the mo­ment, ‘‘but we cer­tainly got our point across’’.

Photo: ROSS GI­B­LIN

Ral­ly­ing to­gether: From left, Agnes Wil­loughby, Sharron Johns, Mau­reen Vic­ars and Tina Kunz, or­gan­is­ers of the ‘‘Porirua and Proud of it’’ march.

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