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.