Mixed feed­back on town clock pro­posal

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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‘‘The town clock con­cept is about a hun­dred years out of date,’’ Leonard said.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.’’

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX

The town clock in Feild­ing.

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