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.’’

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