Onepoto: blows a gale, but the view!
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.’’