Pataka fo­cus goes on his­tory

Kapi-Mana News - - FLASHBACK - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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