This page provides a brief history of Porirua East.
Porirua East land under development for housing extension. Roads partially formed.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.2a.8.
Mungavin Farm Property.
Photo from Pataka Museum Collection, at Porirua Library ref A.8.13.
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.
Audience at CreekFest Event.
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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