A peep into the past

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON MCCONNELL

Vis­it­ing the Mun­gavin Shops is now a les­son in his­tory.

Last month Spark in­stalled three-panel images of Porirua in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s on the side of its build­ing, as part of the city’s 50th cel­e­bra­tions.

Spark prop­erty manager Mike Gunn has a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the his­tory of Porirua.

His fa­ther was the first per­son to bull­doze down the farm fences when the city was built in 1965.

‘‘Spark feels it is part of the com­mu­nity and we are here for the com­mu­nity,’’ Gunn said.

‘‘ We had some blank wall space and thought, ‘Why not’?’’

He said a lot of peo­ple had been stop­ping to look at the images and it was bring­ing back mem­o­ries.

‘‘It gives a sense of where we have come from. In 50 years we have grown quite sig­nif­i­cantly.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil graf­fiti re­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor Richard Withe­ford- Smith said it was part of a project to beau­tify the area.

‘‘ It makes the place more loved,’’ he said. ‘‘It adds that sense of where we have come from.’’

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