Kiosk about a piece of history

23:00, Feb 24 2013

A 75-year-old state housing area is an example of what communities should be like, Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor says.

Speaking yesterday at the unveiling of a kiosk about Savage Cres - a well-preserved area of state housing - Mr Naylor said it was an important piece of history.

But it was also an example of how neighbours used to interact.

"So much has been lost because of whopping great fences between houses.

"Something of this place reminds us what we as communities should want to be like - a place where good things do happen.

"You can tell it would have been a wonderful place to live, and I'm sure it still is."


Savage Cres resident of 66 years, 97-year-old Jack Shortt, was the guest of honour for the day and cut the ribbon to officially open the kiosk, on the corner of Cook St and Park Rd.

He said the area was a part of Palmerston North that deserved to be put on the map.

His daughter, Lesley Cranfield, said growing up in the area was a unique experience based on community caring.

"We all looked after each other here."

While the kiosk was a great way to remind people about the area, she said some things were unable to be shared.

"You can't put into words the feelings of what it was like growing up here."

Ms Cranfield said the best part of the history of the area was what would happen next.

"We are now seeing the next generation of people grow up here," she said.

Four generations of Mr Shortt's family were on hand to see the opening of the kiosk, including his great-nephew Jack.

Manawatu Standard