Mixed feedback on town clock proposal
The proposal for a town clock led to spirited feedback on the Kapi-Mana News Facebook page over the past week or two.
The Flashback in our May 10 edition revealed it had been an issue raised several times in the past 20 years, and that there was even an offer of financial backing from a prominent Porirua resident at one point. But the clock proposal never went any further.
As other priorities, such as Transmission Gully and regular council budgets, took precedence, the urgency to get a town clock faded. It was never viewed as something necessary in the Porirua CBD revitalisation project.
Our Facebook posting drew more than 25 comments, which ranged from a town clock being a waste of money to it potentially being a feature for the city centre.
Paula MacEwan was in the latter camp, saying: ‘‘It is an important symbol recognising that we are indeed a city.’’
Jo Ann MacDonald also felt Porirua should have a town clock. ‘‘There are no clocks anywhere, not even in the mall. There used to be one outside the old post office many years ago,’’ she wrote.
Joyce Owen was to the point: ‘‘Great idea! It’s civilising.’’
But there were plenty of detractors, too.
Nigel Brunsdon said a town clock was something from an old era, a feeling echoed by Angela Leonard.
‘‘The town clock concept is about a hundred years out of date,’’ Leonard said. ‘‘Something modern and informative, displaying time, temperature and local information just as you drive into Porirua would be more appropriate.’’
Sian Mercer said everyone had a clock in their pocket and Porirua would ‘‘falsely age itself’’ with this addition.
Barry Eichler said it would be a waste of money. ‘‘We need ways to reduce the rates load on ratepayers, not more crackpot ideas that will increase rates further,’’ he said.
Mena Antonio said a town clock was ‘‘nostalgic, anachronistic and outdated’’ and a sculpture or other suitable work would make more sense in Porirua.
Ebony Sushames was more diplomatic, saying, ‘‘If we were to get one, it would need to be modern to reflect our young city.’’
The town clock in Feilding.