Walk inspires input from many quarters
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.