Happy mem­o­ries of Can­nons Creek

Res­i­dents re­call the early days

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Can­nons Creek is to­day the heart of Porirua’s vi­brant Pa­cific Is­land com­mu­nity. But it didn’t start that way. Ini­tially the sub­urb was known for farm­ing. Four fam­i­lies were im­por­tant in the sub­urb’s early years: the Siev­ers, Mexteds, Ma­hers and Wind­leys.

The fam­i­lies ran sheep and dairy herds un­til the land was needed for hous­ing in the 1930s.

How­ever, the main growth of hous­ing re­ally be­gan dur­ing the 1950s post- war boom.

Some street names in Can­nons Creek come from the es­tab­lished fam­i­lies such as the Mun­gavins. Oth­ers were named af­ter colo­nial ships from the early years of New Zealand, in­clud­ing War­spite.

The name Can­nons Creek comes from the stream that flows through the area from Can­nons Head.

Kapi-Mana News asked read­ers what they could re­mem­ber about Can­nons Creek’s early days.

Shar Muncey re­called liv­ing in War­spite Ave when the houses op­po­site were still be­ing built.

‘‘Can­nons Creek was our main hang­out,’’ she wrote on our Face­book page.

‘‘You could leave your doors un­locked and win­dows open with no wor­ries. It was a great place to live back then. A young city with so much go­ing for it. So much has changed.’’

Muncey said she went to Wind­ley School then Can­nons Creek School, and one of her first jobs was at Macken­zies in Porirua.

Jan Ni­col said her par­ents, Mau­rie and Lorraine Fox, moved to Siev­ers Grove in 1958, when the road fin­ished at the top of the hill.

‘‘Dad was a milk­man and his run moved up through Porirua as each new area opened. He also worked for Bill Ash­ford at the gro­cer’s in Corinna St be­fore open­ing a small toy shop,’’ Ni­col said.

‘‘I have happy mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in early Porirua. Wind­ley School, St John’s in the old li­brary, Brown­ies at the Scout Hall in Gear Tce, soft­ball and walk­ing home af­ter work­ing school hol­i­days at Grants Bookshop in the town cen­tre.’’

Paul Kidd lived in Mungavin Ave in about 1956, when his house was the last in Porirua East and the rest of the area was still farm land.

Michael Dun­can lived in Mungavin Ave in 1959.

‘‘We went mush­room­ing where the shop­ping cen­tre in Can­nons Creek is and watched as the dig­gers and earth­movers cre­ated the ar­ti­fi­cial lake which was to be a swimming hole,’’ Dun­can said.

‘‘Our fam­ily were foun­da­tion pupils at Holy Fam­ily School and our par­ents, along with many other Catholic par­ents in the dis­trict, helped the con­struc­tion com­pany build the school, church and con­vent.’’

Lisa Red­den said her par­ents lived in Cham­pion St be­fore mov­ing to Ti­tahi Bay in 1965.

‘‘My dad was try­ing to re­mem­ber parts of this photo. He said you can see the school my sis­ter went to.’’

Photo: ALEXAN­DER TURNBULL LI­BRARY

Porirua’s new­est sub­urb, Can­nons Creek, un­der con­struc­tion in 1958 with Porirua East and the bor­ough of Tawa be­yond.

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