FROM THE EDITOR
Our weekly Flashback story is consistently popular, to judge by the response we get to our Facebook postings.
This week’s story, about the spectacular Whitireia Park fire in 2010, rekindled the memories of people who watched developments and residents of Gloaming Hill who were evacuated, or threatened with evacuation.
It is often said the 2010 fire, which a 14-year-old boy was charged with starting, was the biggest fire in Porirua history. Certainly if there has been a bigger one, it must have been a long time ago.
The fire did more than $500,000 of damage and burnt off about 30 hectares of plant life, which took years to recover.
One of the impressive aspects of the fire was the magnificent work of the six fire crews who attended, and the dedicated assistance of Red Cross and Wellington Free Ambulance members.
For the full story of that neverto-be-forgotten time, see page 20.