Homestead’s colour­ful his­tory

A cen­tury of change

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Porirua is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th birth­day, but it’s been 100 years since the Mun­gavin fam­ily built their homestead on their 3.5 acre farm in what is now Porirua East.

Pa­trick Mun­gavin and his wife, Mary, had five chil­dren. In 1915 they built the homestead on their land.

It ex­tended past where the cur­rent rail­way sta­tion is, and con­tained gar­dens, a ten­nis court, an ar­ti­fi­cial lake and an or­chard.

Grad­u­ally the Gov­ern­ment slowly be­gan ac­quir­ing the land, for the rail­way and then for road­ing and state hous­ing.

Two of Pa­trick’s sons, Hec and Roy, farmed the land af­ter their fa­ther’s death, un­til in 1958 they moved to the South Is­land.

It was then that Jim Gunn helped knock down the fences for it to be­come the area it is to­day.

In 1987 the homestead was al­most de­mol­ished when more land was re­quired for the mo­tor­way in­ter­change, but a de­ci­sion was made to move it back 38 me­tres and in 1989 Porirua City Coun­cil de­cided to re­store the his­toric build­ing.

Since the sale in 1958, the es­tate has been used by the No 41 Air Train­ing Corps squadron, the Sal­va­tion Army and an arts and craft group.

It was for some years the Mun­gavin Blues restau­rant and be­came Lit­tle In­dia in 2012.

Photo: KRIS DANDO Photo: PATAKA MU­SEUM

Now: In 2011, city coun­cil­lor Wayne Poutoa called for Mun­gavin Homestead to be ten­anted again. Lit­tle In­dia restau­rant has been there since 2012. Then: Be­low, Mun­gavin Homestead in 1918.

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