Writ­ers’ walk leaps ahead

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The planned Porirua Writ­ers’ Walk could take shape this year, with the project now tied to the city cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment.

De­signs and sites along the waterfront will be fi­nalised soon, as the walk from the Porirua train sta­tion to Ti­tahi Bay Rd around the har­bour’s edge be­comes part of a plan to cel­e­brate the city’s lit­er­ary tal­ent.

Noel Hil­liard, Te Rau­paraha and Pa­tri­cia Grace will be the first three writ­ers recog­nised, with ‘sta­tions’ along Wi­neera Dr.

Each sta­tion – sim­i­lar to what is on Welling­ton’s waterfront – will cost about $ 3000 and could com­prise seat­ing and a sculp­ture or con­crete square in the ground.

Fund­ing was con­firmed when Porirua City Coun­cil signed off its long term plan last year, with the project ab­sorbed into the multi-mil­lion dol­lar city cen­tre up­grade bud­get. The coun­cil’s city devel­op­ment sub­com­mit­tee will thus have the fi­nal say on tim­ing and costs.

‘‘It looks quite promis­ing,’’ said Phil O’Con­nell, sec­re­tary of the Writ­ers’ Walk Com­mit­tee.

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