Onepoto: blows a gale, but the view!

Kapi-Mana News - - PAST TIMES - KRIS DANDO

Jan Berry doesn’t mind the wind blow­ing like it does when she’s got that view to en­joy.

Berry said she has been a res­i­dent of Gloam­ing Hill, Onepoto, for ‘‘only’’ 25 years - some of her neigh­bours have lived there much longer.

Es­tab­lished in the 1960s, the Porirua sub­urb en­joys views of the city, har­bour, Mana Is­land and the South Is­land, depend­ing where your house is built.

Liv­ing in Els­don be­fore mak­ing the move to Onepoto, Berry said the big­ger fam­ily home came with a stun­ning vista.

‘‘We’re close to Ti­tahi Bay beach and the views we get out to­wards the South Is­land are in­cred­i­ble. The sun­sets change all the time and you never get sick of it.’’

An old photo found in our archives shows bare hills in the 1960s but the boat sheds down near the row­ing club have al­ready been built. Ti­tahi Bay Rd has signs of ac­tiv­ity and the wa­ter tower is up.

The Gloam­ing Hill road it­self has been built in an­tic­i­pa­tion of homes be­ing con­structed.

Today, the sub­urb has a pop­u­la­tion of about 1800. Be­tween the 2006 and 2013 cen­suses, the num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing there went down just 45.

The prox­im­ity to Ti­tahi Bay beach, Whi­tireia Park, Porirua Har­bour, Porirua CBD and a golf course - and don’t for­get those views - means Onepoto has a lot go­ing for it, Berry said.

‘‘It’s a friendly place and there’s no rea­son for us to leave. Yes, it blows a gale but that’s what you get when you’re on the top of a hill and have that beau­ti­ful out­look.’’

Berry’s neigh­bour Glenys Ea­gar agrees. She and hus­band Alan lived in Ranui be­fore mov­ing to Onepoto 19 years ago.

‘‘The day we looked at this place we knew it was the one,’’ she said. ‘‘You get the northerly but you learn to live with it. We’re re­tired now and do need a smaller place, but we can’t let this house go.’’

On Face­book, Wendy Natta said she spent her child­hood on the other side of Gloam­ing Hill.

‘‘It used to be our play­ground. By 1972 the build­ing of homes was slowly creep­ing up the hill,’’ she said.

Diane Brady, who lived in nearby Spur Grove, re­called the fire en­gines haul­ing them­selves up the hill go­ing down the track to­wards the pines, when they were set alight on oc­ca­sion. Lesley Casey was to the point. ‘‘[This photo] brings back heaps of mem­o­ries. Best place in the world to grow up.’’

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