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The Formation of the Tawa Union Parish

The beginning

The Tawa Union Parish was inaugurated on 2 July 1972 by the amalgamation of St Aidan's Presbyterian Church, the Tawa Church of Christ, and St Stephen's Methodist Church. However, the story of this parish really goes back much further than a mere 20 years.

Tawa (then called Tawa Flat") was first settled as a mainly rural area along the old Porirua Road in the late 1840s and early 1850s. In the earlier years of this century subdivisions of farming land and a dribble of urban dwellers began to change the character of the valley, but little progress was made until after completion of the twin- tunnel railway deviation which replaced the old tortuous route over the Johnsonville hill. Development really took off in the housing boom which followed the second World War and the 1950s and 1960s saw a major influx of new home owners and State house tenants into the area.