Porirua station's fresh lick of paint

Kapi-Mana News | 18 January 2011

 
Off the rails: Titahi Bay commuter Hamish Pankhurst admires the artwork installed at the top of the stairs leading up to the Porirua train station.

Off the rails: Titahi Bay commuter Hamish Pankhurst admires the artwork installed at the top of the stairs leading up to the Porirua train station.

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Letter to the Editor, 1 February 2011

Users of Porirua station will now come face-to face with a giant takahe or be able to look out over Pukerua Bay while they wait for the train to arrive.

Porirua's $1 million railway station upgrade is well underway. The majority of the artwork and photo panels were installed last week.

The 11 murals, measuring nearly 300 metres long, are painted by talented local artists Xoe Hall and Sue Smales and vary in size up to 30m long and more than 3m high.

A Maori maiden named Maara Roa, after the woman who had the famous garden in what is now a reserve behind Cannons Creek, takes pride of place at the top of the stairs leading to the train platform, while native flora winds around the corner up the second flight of stairs.

Porirua City Council graffiti management co-ordinator Trevor Mason says the gateway to Porirua should reflect its people.

"The murals are representative of the Porirua community - they are colourful and multi-cultural and include local leaders, legends. landscapes and wildlife."

Council's landscape architect Andrew Gray watched the panels being installed.

"This is going to make a huge difference to this area. I particularly like the takahe image by Geoff Marshall. This will be installed 200mm above the subway floor level and is positioned so it can be seen as you come down the ramp from the CBD area. Subway users will be at eye level with this mega-sized native bird."

There are almost 50 photo panels installed in the underpass, plus painted art panels at the ramps and stairs.