Walk in­spires in­put from many quar­ters

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The planned writ­ers’ walk in Porirua con­tin­ues to gather mo­men­tum with de­signs be­ing drafted, likely sites picked and au­thors short-listed.

The pro­posal, which would cel­e­brate the city’s writ­ing ta­lent and her­itage, was first pre­sented to Porirua City Coun­cil in Fe­bru­ary. It has met with ap­proval from coun­cil­lors and the mayor, and is ex­pected to get the green light for fund­ing when the coun­cil’s long-term plan is signed off.

Writ­ers’ Walk Com­mit­tee chair­woman Kim Bax­ter said they en­vi­sion a se­ries of sculp­tures or ‘‘sta­tions’’ sim­i­lar to what is on Welling­ton’s water­front, com­pris­ing seat­ing and ei­ther a stand­ing sculp­ture or con­crete square in the ground.

A waka prow and ‘‘an­chor stones’’ are pop­u­lar de­sign op­tions raised dur­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

There is likely to be three sites on Wi­neera Dr but a con­tin­u­ous walk from the train sta­tion to Ti­tahi Bay Rd around Porirua Har­bour is en­vis­aged.

Te Rau­paraha, Noel Hilliard and Pa­tri­cia Grace are lead­ing the way for the first writ­ers to be hon­oured.

‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited about how things have been go­ing,’’ Ms Bax­ter said. ‘‘ The con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity, Whi­tireia stu­dents and Porirua busi­nesses has been very help­ful [325 re­sponses] and an over­whelm­ing ‘yes’ for the pro­ject.’’

Whi­tireia busi­ness and de­sign stu­dents are very in­volved in the sur­vey­ing, de­sign, busi­ness model and mar­ket­ing. Each sta­tion is ex­pected to cost $3000.

Ms Bax­ter said the pro­ject fits with what is planned for the city cen­tre up­grade.

‘‘The walk is meant to be in­spir­ing for young peo­ple, ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tive, high­light­ing won­der­ful lo­cal writ­ers, and link­ing with the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the har­bour. It’s about pro­duc­ing some­thing that’s of value to the com­mu­nity. We think this walk will be a win-win on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els,’’ she said.

The de­signs are ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber, with the first writ­ers’ walk sta­tions to be in­stalled in De­cem­ber.

Walk this way: Kim Bax­ter on the Wi­neera Drive fore­shore where writ­ers’ walk sculp­tures or ‘‘an­chor stones’’ are ex­pected to be placed.

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