The History of Porirua East

"Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind."

- W.H. Auden, The Dyer's Hand.

 
Image of Porirua East land under development for housing extension. Roads partially formed.
Porirua East land under development for housing extension. Roads partially formed.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.2a.8.
 

Porirua East as farmland

 
Image of Mungavin Farm Property.
Mungavin Farm Property.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.8.13.
 
Image of Halton Miller Homestead at East Porirua.
Halton Miller Homestead at East Porirua.
Near Sievers Grove Junction into Mungavin Avenue, note tree stumps scattered over hillside.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.8.10.
 

Porirua East remained largely farmlands for longer than other suburbs in Porirua as the rolling hills which the suburb now covers made residential development difficult. New earthmoving and engineering techniques and breakthroughs in the mid 1950s changed this. Growth of Porirua East in the 1950s and 1960s was almost without parallel in New Zealand.

 
Image of Mungavin Block Porirua East State Housing Development.
Mungavin Block Porirua East State Housing Development.
Prosser's hall in right foreground 1954.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.10.2.
 

A huge number of families, many of them migrants, flooded into Porirua mostly into State houses built during various government building projects. By 1965 80% of the houses in East Porirua had been built by the Government. There was some concern about the poor balance between state and private housing, but out of these concerns has grown a sense of community solidarity.

Community spirit and CreekFest

 
Image of Audience at CreekFest Event.
Audience at CreekFest Event.
 

Many positive developments in Porirua East have come from the community spirit present in the suburb. In recent years community driven ventures such as CreekFest have become regular fixtures. This event is a fun-filled family day which promotes healthy lifestyles and celebrates the East's cultural diversity. Held at Cannon's Creek Park, it includes stage performances, food stalls, rides, sporting activities, health checks and more.

Development in Porirua East

Building works in Porirua East have also seen positive developments in facilities and housing. For instance, in recent years the Housing Corporation has invested $3.6 million to improve state houses in Porirua East, which launched in November 2003.

Trust Porirua Park is another successful development in Porirua East. The park includes a 1900-seat covered grandstand (named the "Jerry Collins Stadium" in 2016 to honour all Black Jerry Collins who died tragically in France in 2015) with media box, 4 senior playing fields, 1 softball diamond, changing rooms, public toilets, and television-standard night-lighting. The number 1 field reaches the highest standard available for top-level competition play. The Park is home to previous Jubilee Cup winners Northern United Rugby Club.

Continue to Sites of historical interest in East Porirua or return to East Porirua.