This page provides a brief history of Porirua East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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