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 Grace.
Porirua City 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 project.
 
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 date include
·        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.
 
The Porirua 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.
The outgoing 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 commitment.
Members are to be thanked and congratulated on these achievements.
 
The Porirua Writers Walk Initiative currently functions under the umbrella of the Porirua Community Arts Council.
Phone (04) 237-9902; mobile 027 786 5542
For further information go to www.poriruaartscouncil.org.nz

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