Barlow’s legacy for Porirua
Ian Barlow’s footprint can be seen right around Porirua.
The recently-retired engineer and head of Porirua City Council’s award-winning village programme has a much more relaxed diet of domestic duties around his Mana home these days. It’s a far cry from his busy days with the council.
‘‘I don’t wear a watch and would barely know what day of the week it is,’’ the 69-year-old said.
Barlow has left Porirua a legacy. He joined the council as an engineer in 1972, was a member of the parks and reserves team from 1974 till 2007, then moved into village planning in 2008.
During his time in the parks team, there probably wasn’t a playground, cricket wicket, softball diamond, car park or pavilion he wasn’t involved with.