Watson attended Ngati Toa School and Mana College and in 1970 he and his wife Barbara moved to a new state house in Ascot Park.
When he became fed up with the lack of services nearby, Barbara told him to stop moaning and do something about it.
Ascot Park residents formed an action group and began agitating for what they wanted, including a closer bus stop and a phone box.
‘‘We got the bus stop, we got the phone box and then we had to fight really hard for a kindergarten,’’ he said.
Watson said he had an overdeveloped sense of social responsibility he inherited from his father, a militant trade unionist.
‘‘Once you get on to the wheel you notice more and see more needs doing.’’
One of the things Watson noticed was the lack of seats in Porirua bus shelters.
‘‘All other commuters had seats in their shelters, but not Porirua.
‘‘The council said they’d be wrecked.’’
Watson made sure Porirua commuters got their seats and then moved on to the next job.
He and Barbara raised four sons in Porirua and two attended the kindergarten their father had fought for.
Asked if he would consider another tilt at the council, he said he’d had his day, but valued councillors for the tough job they did.
‘‘They’re people who want to make a difference.
‘‘Everyone is quick to criticise them, but won’t hold up their hands to have a go.’’
Getting involved is something Watson believes in.
‘‘If people roll their sleeves up things happen. All you need is fire in your belly.’’ A weather station will be installed in Porirua soon, after talks between the city council and Metservice.
Porirua mayor Nick Leggett recently had a tour of the Metservice facility in Wellington and said discussions were advancing well.
Porirua’s current weather station is on Mana Island and is primarily used for maritime forecasting.
Porirua is New Zealand’s 10th largest city, and Leggett said residents deserved an accurate forecast.
He said the initial outlay to the council to place a station either in, or somewhere close to, the city centre was $20,000 and then about $1000 a year in running costs.
‘‘That’s a reasonable amount, especially when a lot of people are saying we need this,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re pushing this along.’’
Leggett said it was likely to be an internal decision made by the council, but there might be a report for councillors to debate.
He envisioned a station sited on a green space near the CBD or on a building. The decision will be made by Metservice.
Jacqui Bridges, Metservice general manager of corporate affairs, confirmed talks were being held about finding a site.
Issues such as the amount of clearance around the weather station were important, she said.
‘‘Fingers crossed it will happen soon. It will be a great note for Nick to leave the Porirua mayoralty on,’’ she said.