Porirua exhibit a massive hit with residents
The history of this city is like no other.
The reaction to We Built This City, an exhibition celebrating Porirua’s progress in 50 years, left Alice Masters feeling proud.
Pataka’s social history curator spent about nine months organising the exhibition and said the amount of information did get a bit overwhelming.
The exhibition ran from June 7 until September 20, and featured a 1960s state house kitchen and telephones at different points to listen to audio – such as Prince Charles’ speech when he opened the police college.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett’s Gigatown rap video added a modern feel to the showcase.
About 115,000 people visited the We Built This City exhibition.
Masters said one of the fun parts of the exhibition was a section where people could leave their memories and comments about Porirua.
They included: ‘‘Married a local lad, settled in Titahi Bay.
I’m so proud and blessed to live in our beautiful city.’’
‘‘When we were young and there were less houses and more empty hills we used to take cardboard boxes up to the hills and slide down on them. Best fun ever.’’ ‘‘Love that we were the first place to get a McDonald’s.’’
Rows and rows of cars and heaps of people at Titahi Bay beach in the 70s.’’
‘‘Spent most of my life in P-town. The history of this city is like no other. I am proud to be from Porirua and hope this city stays accepting all cultures around.’’
‘‘Lived in Porirua all my life. WhenMumand Dad brought us here there were only four streets on the Porirua side.’’
‘‘Porirua is a great place to raise children. The cultural mix makes it powerful and unique – NZ-born Cook Island resident.’’