Transport theme for heritage event
Trains, planes and automobiles - from the past - are on show as part of the annual Discover Ka¯piti heritage weekend.
Museums from across the Ka¯piti Coast will share the story of transport with displays from
taki to Paeka¯ka¯riki on September 30 and October 1.
Discover Ka¯piti Heritage Group chairman Allan Carley said the event promoted the district’s history - the ideal chance for people to discover Ka¯piti’s past through its nine museums.
Events across the district would include the taki Museum, which would run a transportrelated exhibition alongside its current exhibition on the history of the taki Health Camp.
The Ka¯piti Coast Museum in Waikanae would run a Memory Lane photographic display, along with a timeline of transport in the region over the last 170 years including the $630 million Kapiti expressway opened in February.
The event would include Southward Car Museum in
taihanga, which featured more than 400 cars, motorbikes, and planes, fitting with the transport theme for the weekend.
Wellington Tramway Museum at Queen Elizabeth Park, Paeka¯ka¯riki will be running their tram service to the beach and back on both days with the last tram leaving for the beach at 4pm.
Also at Queen Elizabeth Park, will be the Ka¯piti US Marines Trust who will have a host at the US Marines Memorial and the restored hut on both days of this weekend.
Visitors will see what life was like in the marines’ camps.
The Museum of Aviation at Paraparaumu will showcase the history of flight with their collection of model aeroplanes and photographs.
Steam Incorporated will be putting on a trip to Waipukurau called Steam into Spring on Saturday. They will open their site at Paeka¯ka¯riki on Sunday to showcase their trains to the community.
The nearby Paeka¯ka¯riki Station Museum will display a new exhibition on local road and rail transport.
They will be releasing a book by local Michael O’Leary on the history of rail in Paeka¯ka¯riki, marking 25 years since the community saved the station from demolition and converted it to the museum.
For event kapitiheritage.org details see:
The Otaki Museum will be part of the Discover Kapiti Heritage weekend.