Porirua Writers’ Walk
A joint initiative between the Porirua Community
Arts Council, some Whitireia staff and Porirua City Council, the Porirua
Writers’ Walk will serve to commemorate and celebrate the many outstanding
writers with links to Porirua, such as Te Rauparaha, Noel Hilliard and Patricia
Council has agreed to include the Writers’ Walk in its Long-Term Plan and the
first stage is expected to be incorporated in the Porirua City Centre Redevelopment
The members of the
Porirua Writers Walk Steering Committee were Kim Baxter, Moana Hilliard and
Heather Thompson (Whitireia NZ) and Phil O’Connell and David Stanley (Porirua
Community Arts Council).
Key activities to
March 2012 at Pataka Art + Museum: Launch of the Porirua Writers’ Walk Project,
attended by invited guests and key stakeholders (Porirua Community Arts
Council, Porirua City Council and Whitireia staff and students) along with
members of the public.
October 2012 at Whitireia: Speed Date an Author (with authors Kate
de Goldie, Mandy Hager, poets Apirana Taylor and Karlo Mila, and short story
writer Tina Makareta) jointly run by the PCAC Writers’ Walk Steering Committee
and the New Zealand Book Council. Attended by year 7-13 students from throughout
the Porirua district
2013: Schools’ Writing Competition (Porirua Community Arts Council with
the support of the National Library Service Schools’ Liaison Officer and
teacher, Mrs Ursula Leggett)
The Judge was local children's author and
storyteller Holly Gooch, who selected the winning entries.
Community Arts Council resolved to disband the existing Porirua Writers’ Walk
Steering Committee at its April 2014 meeting and set up a new sub committee to
oversee the next stages of the project.
committee has made very significant progress in gaining overwhelming support
from city councillors and the community at large as well as getting City Council’s
Members are to be thanked
and congratulated on these achievements.
Writers Walk Initiative currently functions under the umbrella of the Porirua
Community Arts Council.
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