Trio meet heritage dead­line

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

Plim­mer­ton’s his­tory dom­i­nated the wak­ing mo­ments of Mary Beck­ett, Dei­dre Dale and An­drew Deller this past year.

The trio worked hard to­wards cre­at­ing the Plim­mer­ton Heritage Trail, which was un­veiled on Satur­day.

The 35 signs, placed on mostly front fences and build­ings be­tween St Theresa’s Church and Plim­mer­ton Boat­ing Club - with a few out-of-the-way signs in places like Taua Tapa Track and Taupo wet­land - took about a year to com­plete.

Deller said he was rac­ing to get his al­lo­ca­tion of the his­tory fin­ished be­fore the dead­line last week.

‘‘We’ve spent a lot of time on this project, and it’s a re­lief and sat­is­fy­ing to get to this point,’’ he said.

‘‘Changes seemed to be made weekly and ideas came and went reg­u­larly.’’

Deller said there had been a heritage trail es­tab­lished in the sub­urb in 1990, and this was a con­tin­u­a­tion of that one.

Dale said her knowl­edge of Plim­mer­ton and its his­tory grew and grew.

‘‘I spoke to Ti­ratu Wil­liams [from Hon­goeka] and she was gen­er­ous with her time,’’ she said. ’’This work made me look at Plim­mer­ton through dif­fer­ent eyes.’’

The cost of the signs and new web­site was $14,500, cov­ered by Porirua City Coun­cil’s vil­lage plan­ning frame­work. Deller, Dale and Beck­ett worked as vol­un­teers on the project.

The trail is about a two-hour walk and its aim was to in­form res­i­dents and vis­i­tors on the sub- urb’s rich his­tory.

‘‘There has al­ways been some­thing to see here but we wanted to con­nect peo­ple with the sto­ries. Build­ings, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses, Maori his­tory - there is a lot to tell and it’s all per­ti­nent, and we hope to bring the com­mu­nity closer to­gether.’’

Dale said the story of sign num- ber 23, the Taupo Urupa (burial ground), might be a painful one, but de­served to be told.

Beck­ett said it was un­likely the work fin­ished now, as the up­dat­ing of in­for­ma­tion will be an on­go­ing task.

More in­for­ma­tion on each site on the trail is avail­able at plim­mer­ton.nz.

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

From left, Dei­dre Dale, An­drew Deller and Mary Beck­ett, the re­searchers be­hind the heritage trail.

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