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Pakuranga – looking back 60 years

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Pakuranga: Step back 60 years and discover the stories of a new and remote suburb, and of the river that wraps around it. Photo Wikipedia

An exhibition of local history and identity will be displayed at the Pakuranga Library throughout November.

Pakuranga Stories is a presentation of collated information of the experience and memories of people living in Pakuranga.

The description of the event reads: “Step back 60 years and discover the stories of a new and remote suburb, and of the river that wraps around it. Follow the timeline of the rapid growth experienced as farmland was transformed into suburban housing.”

East Auckland author Marilyn Bakker’s Reflection on the Pakuranga Creek (Times, July 27) will be a part of the wider exhibition.

During the first lockdown in 2020, Bakker created a scrapbook and sculptures from rubbish she’d found at the Pakuranga Creek, where she’d lived for more than 50 years.

The project, funded by Arts Out East, allowed her to have pages from the scrapbook blown up and turned into a series of large-scale ecology-inspired posters.

Bakker’s exhibition was a three-day event at a vacated Howick Village butcher shop earlier this year and now will be once again on show.

Another central part of the Pakuranga Stories Exhibition is the Turangawaewae, the name for the Kakahu/contemporary cloak that will be woven in the library throughout November on the weekends from 10am-2pm.

Anyone is invited to come and share their voices, stories and memories while the contemporary cloak is created and completed under the guidance of local weaver Paia Swanson Terepo.

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