Plim­mer­ton un­veil­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A new Plim­mer­ton un­veiled.

It fea­tures the names of key land­marks be­tween Plim­mer­ton and Ti­tahi Bay.

The balustrade, just past the rail­way lines, and a new wave-shaped stone wall with the names Taupo and Plim­mer­ton on it, were blessed and un­veiled dur­ing a dawn cer­e­mony on March 21.

The en­trance cost $59,000 to con­sult, de­sign and in­stall.

The work has been driven by the Plim­mer­ton and Hon­goeka com­mu­ni­ties through Porirua City Coun­cil’s vil­lage plan­ning pro­gramme.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the de­signs, car­ried out by Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent and land­scape ar­chi­tect Linda Kerk­meester, pro­vided a spe­cial way into the sub­urb.

The bless­ing cer­e­mony was led by Hon­goeka res­i­dent Kahu Ropata.

Ropata said later nam­ing the land­marks en­sured the tra­di­tional names were pre­served and shared with the com­mu­nity.

The idea of high­light­ing the bridge over Taupo stream with a balustrade art­work was re­in­forced fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with Hon­goeka over ideas for the de­sign.

‘‘It has ended up as a pla­ce­nam­ing de­vice ac­knowl­edg­ing the sea and the head­lands that de­fine this place from en­trance


to been Ti­tahi Bay to the beach at Kare­hana Bay and be­yond,’’ Kerk­meester said.

The land­marks named are Tawhiti Kuri (land­mark of the south­ern bound­ary to­wards Ti­tahi Bay), Taupo ( named af­ter the pa and the name for the larger Plim­mer­ton area), Mo­tuhara (the name of the big­gest land block), Hon­goeka (the bay, marae and set­tle­ment), Te Re­warewa (a sig­nif­i­cant land­mark tdefin­ing the north­ern end of Hon­goeka Bay and Haukopua (a land­mark of the north­ern bound­ary to­wards Pukerua Bay).

Land­marks: Above, key place names are fea­tured in the de­sign.

New de­signs: Left, the new stone en­trance to Plim­mer­ton.

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