A peep into the past
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.’’