Man­ag­ing direc­tor of Car­rus Cor­po­ra­tion, Paul Adams, talks to about his links with Porirua, de­vel­op­ing land in the city and play­ing rugby against Ken Dou­glas.

Kris Dando

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE -

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in state hous­ing in Nae­nae. I guess that’s why I have such an affin­ity for Porirua.

What are your first mem­o­ries of Porirua?

I re­call vis­it­ing an un­cle in Porirua Hos­pi­tal in the mid1950s, when the roads were un­sealed from the rail­way sta­tion to Kenepuru Drive. He had suf­fered shell shock, as it was called back then, from the war. In 1955, Porirua was very much a vil­lage. I re­mem­ber play­ing rugby [for Nae­nae] against Ti­tahi Bay in 1969, when their front row was about 120 years old, with Ken Dou­glas the youngest. They were gnarly, tough guys. I was glad I was full­back and gen­er­ally out of the rucks.

You worked for Cameron’s, the Welling­ton civil con­struc­tion com­pany, from 1970 till 1979. You must have had plenty to do with Porirua?

Yes, dur­ing that time I man­aged sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant projects in Porirua, in­clud­ing Todd Mo­tors in 1972-73, the po­lice col­lege in 1973 and the Pa­pakowhai sub­di­vi­sion. I later be­came a part­ner in that [Pa­pakowhai] res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment. Cameron’s owned and op­er­ated the sand dredge at Pare­mata and we com­pleted the road­ing and drainage from the po­lice col­lege to Pare­mata round­about. In 2002 I was an ini­tial part­ner in the Me­gaCen­tre project, but the process was very long­winded, so I pulled out be­fore the con­struc­tion com­menced.

When did the Aotea Block project come along?

My com­pany, Car­rus, won the right to be the de­vel­oper and 13 years later we have more than 1000 homes and a re­tire­ment vil­lage com­pleted. There are still about 500 sites to de­velop. In 2003 we started the Sil­ver­wood sub­di­vi­sion in Whitby.

Was it hard to be­come the de­vel­oper for the land there?

It wasn’t re­ally on my radar

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