Porirua re­mem­bers 1993 town cen­tre

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There’s been some pretty se­ri­ous de­mo­li­tion work in Porirua’s cen­tral city lately with both the i-SITE and Lyt­tel­ton Ave toi­let block bowled.

The next phase of the city’s $7 mil­lion CBD up­grade has be­gun, but in 1993, two years be­fore the canopies went up, things looked very dif­fer­ent in the city cen­tre.

It might be 22 years ago now but Porirua peo­ple have long mem­o­ries which they were happy to share on the Kapi-Mana Face­book page.

Rochelle Dalziel re­mem­bered the Plant­wood gar­den cen­tre al­though it wasn’t green­ery she re­called.

‘‘[I was] very en­ter­tained by the (fake) par­rot in the cage that would drop eggs if you put in, I guess what would have been 50c.

‘‘Inside the egg was a gim­micky plas­tic toy, but the par­rot was fun to in­ter­act with.’’

Andrew Snell said he could re­mem­ber the New World su­per­mar­ket and the ice cream shop that was in the Toy Ware­house.

‘‘[I] re­mem­ber go­ing in to Dick Smith’s to gaze at all the cool gadgets, us­ing the book ex­change to swap com­mando comics, [and] the orig­i­nal McD’s.’’

Pete God­den and Rozz McCal­man both said they worked at the New World su­per­mar­ket which was re­placed by the Toy Ware­house.

It was long be­fore the days of the iPhone and Kylie Joseph said her first ever cell­phone was pur­chased at Dick Smith’s in the CBD.

‘‘It was a lit­tle green Al­ca­tel and had an orange flash­ing light. I loved that brick of a phone.’’

Sandy Blake­more said the Blue Heron Pub was a favourite place to hang out in later years.

‘‘Many a great night was had there... if those walls could talk.’’

The Cobb & Co restau­rant was what Jimmy Barnes said he missed most from 1993, while Rochelle Dalziel lamented the loss of the pet store.

Lisa Gray re­mem­bered the square red and cream tiles on the floor of the Pre­stons butch­ery.

‘‘I used to love jump­ing on them in the shop and drive my Ma crazy ... and hop­ing she would buy one of those su­per big boxes of ice cream they had in the freez­ers lol... I don’t think she ever did.’’

There’s been some big changes in Porirua’s CBD since this photo was taken 22 years ago.

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