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Porirua Playwright latest to be celebrated on Writer's Walk

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A scenic walk that celebrates the rich legacy of writers and playwrights from around Porirua is about to take a step closer to completion.

The Writers’ Walk is a project to enhance the pathway skirting the edge of Wineera Drive and Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour, with sculptures celebrating the city’s rich writing history.

On Saturday the fourth sculpture along the route, a tribute to New Zealand poet, playwright and novelist Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, will be unveiled.

It reflects the themes of waka and ocean passage.

The sculpture has been brought to life thanks to a joint project between Porirua City Council and the Porirua Community Arts Council (PCAC).

The Council has provided the essential engineering, manufacturing support and part finance for the project, as part of the Annual Plan.

Pātaka Director Reuben Friend says the sculpture is another step towards completing a project that is a great addition to the cultural landscape of Porirua.

"Porirua’s arts and culture scene continues to go from strength to strength, as the city’s reputation as a destination grows across the region and nationwide.

"This project adds to that reputation, by providing visitors with a unique insight into the strong arts and culture heritage of Porirua.

"It also reflects the commitment of both the Council and the city’s arts community to recognise and bring Porirua’s rich history of the written word to the fore."

Village Projects Coordinator Bill Inge says Council has contributed around $22,000 of the $50,000 budget for the sculpture, with PCAC raising the rest.

He says the Council’s involvement with and support for the project reflected its commitment to meeting one of its strategic priorities, Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour.

"The Writers’ Walk is a great community resource, and sitting as it does right next to our harbour helps to highlight the important role it has to play in the life of our city.

"As a Council it’s been great to be able to support a project that brings the harbour and the vibrant culture of Porirua together in such a beneficial and productive way."

The sculpture was designed by PCAC member Michael Bennington, and will be officially opened on Saturday 13 July at 8.30am.

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