Sta­tion un­veiled

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The Plim­mer­ton com­mu­nity and Porirua City Coun­cil’s Ian Bar­low were lauded for their ef­forts in up­grad­ing the sub­urb’s rail­way sta­tion at a spe­cial un­veil­ing re­cently.

The sta­tion re­fur­bish­ment – a new roof, wait­ing area and model train shop – was opened ear­lier this year.

Last Wed­nes­day’s cer­e­mony was to recog­nise an award re­ceived from the Rail Her­itage Trust of New Zealand.

A brass plaque takes pride of place in the sta­tion’s wait­ing room, one of just two restora­tion awards handed out by the trust this year.

The trust’s ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Euan McQueen said the three par­ties in­volved in the project – Porirua City Coun­cil, Ki­wiRail and the Plim­mer­ton vol­un­teers – have set an ex­am­ple he hoped would be repli­cated in the fu­ture.

‘‘They have all cre­ated a sense of com­mu­nity here; it’s through these three groups work­ing to­gether that has seen this sta­tion have such a pos­i­tive turn­around.

‘‘These awards are not given out each year but I’m re­ally im­pressed; it’s a model of how a sta­tion restora­tion can go.’’

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett ac­knowl­edged the project had come to fruition un­der his pre­de­ces­sor, Jenny Brash, and paid trib­ute to the coun­cil’s man­ager of the vil­lages pro­gramme, Ian Bar­low.

‘‘I think this award recog­nises the work that Ian has put in, and the Plim­mer­ton com­mu­nity that saw a need, pur­sued it and came to a so­lu­tion. Ki­wiRail heard the call from res­i­dents . . . and ev­ery­one got a bet­ter out­come.’’

Ki­wirail’s metro man­ager Scott Brooks said while they and res­i­dents ‘‘had very dif­fer­ent plans’’ for the sta­tion ini­tially, the re­sult was ‘‘ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic’’ as they worked to­gether to sat­isfy all par­ties.

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