Hon­our for lo­cal au­thor Pa­tri­cia Grace

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A word tower com­mem­o­rat­ing lo­cal res­i­dent and in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed au­thor Pa­tri­cia Grace was un­veiled last week­end.

The word tower, near the har­bour edge in Wi Neera Drive op­po­site Whi­tireia’s main en­try, is part of a se­ries of artis­tic in­stal­la­tions be­ing erected to make a city writ­ers’ walk. The Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil is work­ing with the Coun­cil to cre­ate the walk.

Mayor Nick Leggett said the walk would in­spire and en­gage.

’’This walk of spe­cial art­works ac­knowl­edg­ing our re­mark­able lo­cal writ­ers will be an ex­pe­ri­ence that peo­ple come to Porirua for.

‘‘Our har­bour is a beau­ti­ful place to visit and now this walk pro­vides a com­ple­men­tary ac­tiv­ity. What a great way to recog­nise the rich legacy of writ­ers and po­ets who have lived and worked in Porirua City.’’

Al­ready in­stalled is a Pou com­mem­o­rat­ing the word­smith Te Rangi­haeata at the cor­ner of Wi Neera Drive and Ti­tahi Bay Road, which marks the start of the walk.

Over the next five years a num­ber of artis­tic in­stal­la­tions will be ap­pear­ing along the wa­ter­front path­way.

Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil spokesper­son Adrian Shields said it was great to start the walk by recog­nis­ing Pa­tri­cia Grace.

‘‘While we are ex­cited about the writ­ers’ walk be­com­ing real, and are en­joy­ing work­ing with both the City Coun­cil and Ngati Toa Ran­gatira on this, to­day is about ac­knowl­edg­ing Pat, her lead­er­ship and courage as a writer, and her con­tri­bu­tion to Porirua and the Na­tion.’’

The com­mu­nity was in­vited to share their views on who should fea­ture on the walk.

‘‘Peo­ple can play a part in Porirua’s his­tory by help­ing choose which of our writ­ers and po­ets will be com­mem­o­rated in the Porirua City Writ­ers’ Walk,’’ he said.

The scop­ing group is currently look­ing at in­stalling at least one com­mem­o­ra­tion a year. Names un­der con­sid­er­a­tion in­clude Alis­tair Te Ariki Camp­bell, Briar Grace Smith and Michael King, Sam Hunt, Adri­enne Jansen, Ali­son Wong, Louis John­son, El­iza- beth Knox, Gary McCor­mack and chil­dren’s authors Juli­ette MacIver and Jack Lasenby.

‘‘We are work­ing closely with some lo­cal writ­ers to find suit­able texts which re­flect the area in which the art­works will stand – the land forms, har­bour, and skies.’’

Au­thor Pa­tri­cia Grace has been hon­oured with a word tower on Porirua’s writ­ers walk.

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