Pataka focus goes on history
An exciting year of historical exhibitions is in the works at Pataka. In April, the fruits of Plimmerton historian Allan Dodson’s labour will be on show.
He is collecting the stories of about 100 men and women from Porirua who took part in World War I.
He started with people from Plimmerton, but has widened his brief to take in stories from elsewhere in Porirua.
As part of 100th anniversary commemorations for the Anzac campaign in Gallipoli, Pataka will be hosting an exhibition of 25 stories and photos of some of the people Dodson has researched.
The opening date is yet to be confirmed.
From May 31 till September 20, We Built This City will be on display.
It will explore the creation of Porirua since 1965 through its buildings, streets and villages.
Pataka social history curator Alice Masters said the exhibition would take visitors on a tour of the region, with the gallery loosely laid out in the shape of the harbour.
‘‘ In the 1960s the city of Porirua was built from scratch as if there had never been a town underneath it,’’ she said.
‘‘Everything was brand new and different.
‘‘ Since then Porirua’s purpose-built modern city has changed and grown at a remarkable pace.’’
To celebrate the city turning 50, Pataka will celebrate with Made in Porirua, showing from October 3 till January.
Masters said it would celebrate all things Porirua and hoped for plenty of community input.
‘‘ From chocolate to fibre optics, wallpaper to undies, Porirua has been the birthplace of many a fine thing.’’
Off to war: The Porirua Hospital football team in 1913. Many of them headed off to World War 1 soon after.