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So the two big Ra­dio New Zealand masts in Ti­tahi Bay have fi­nally come down. A group of 50 gath­ered last week to watch the re­main­ing 200 me­tres of the big mast topple over. It wasn’t a fu­neral, but it was a rather eerie oc­ca­sion, more like the last rites.

The masts had to go. Rust and age had ren­dered them dan­ger­ous. Ra­dio New Zealand acted re­spon­si­bly in de­mol­ish­ing them quickly.

How­ever, it is un­de­ni­ably the end of an era. The Porirua sky­line seems a lit­tle bit emp­tier, es­pe­cially with­out the big mast, once New Zealand’s high­est struc­ture.

Our story on page 7 in­cludes com­ments about the masts from res­i­dents. One in par­tic­u­lar hit home.

Sian Mercer said she grew up in Plim­mer­ton and could al­ways see the masts.

‘‘Watch­ing it com­ing down ac­tu­ally made me emo­tional. [It’s] so strange that you can have such a con­nec­tion to some­thing that meant very lit­tle,’’ she said.

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