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The story of the development of the outlying Wellington town of Porirua.

Beginning title: “BIRTH OF A CITY”; [credits]; to create further land area in the Porirua basin, the ground needed to be raised by a minimum of three feet. Usable land was also extended by filling in part of Porirua harbour. In 1962 Queen Elizabeth II made her second visit to New Zealand and Porirua was on her visiting itinerary. All the local school children were given the day off school to try and catch a glimpse of the passing Queen. Also shown is the opening of Radfords, Woolworths, and later James Smith’s. The Scottish Country dance club is one place where the high number of young people can meet and socialise. Finishes with the Govenor-General declaring Porirua a city.

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Year 1962

Reference number F38753

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:13:41

Credits Filmed: Hilda Smith

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