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Official Opening of Railway station buildings 2 and 3

9 Oct 2015, 8:57 AM

Waitomo District Council's extensive restoration and strengthening project of the historic railway station buildings (2 and 3) is complete.

The aim of this project is to re-invigorate and showcase the railway heritage of the town, as well as creating a vibrant central hub for the community of Te Kuiti.

The brick building features a modern meeting room and office space which has been leased to local Community groups including Maniapoto Maori Wardens.

The central station building has been beautifully restored as a commercial space and will be utilised by the new Stoked Eatery - cafe/bar and grill. 

Mayor Brian Hanna officially opened the buildings to the community along with Barbara Kuriger MP Taranaki - King Country. A blessing of the buildings was made by Rev. Barney Winikerei.

Special acknowledgement was given to Community Services Manager John De Luca who managed the restoration project from start to finish, assisted by colleague Liz Riley.

Due to the stations rarity and rich history, the NZ Historic Places Trust has registered the buildings as a category 2 heritage site of district significance. The station is considered to be the finest surviving example of a standard class B station in New Zealand.

Waitomo District Council is proud to have played an integral part in ensuring the historic features of the Te Kuiti Railway Station have been preserved.

Barbara Kuriger and Mayor Brian Hanna cut the ribbon at the opening of the railway buildings

Blessing of the railway buildings by Rev Barney Winikerei

Te Kuiti residents are shown through the restored railway buildings