Upper Hutt Leader : November 25th 2015
DOUBLEGOLDSTAR Firefighter’s rare milestone P3 BOARDKINGS Chess club opens doors P15 Upper Hutt Leader Wednesday, November 25, 2015 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Fantasy creations nestle in Ciara Schneider-Gilbert, 4, and Gretchen Coombes, 3, cuddle up to a large new arrival in the foyer of Expressions. He is Drachenstein and is one of the works that features in ‘Imaginary World’s, a showcase of science fiction and fantasy art from Aotearoa The 4-metre long dragon was made by Johnny Fraser-Allen and is owned by Kiwi movie special effects guru Sir Richard Taylor. The exhibition, which runs at the Upper Hutt arts centre until the end of February, features work by 54 professional artists who have worked on popular film, graphic novel and game titles, including The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings film trilogies, Avatar, District 9, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Adventures of Tintin, Games of Thrones and Harry Potter as well as Paizo Publishing’s Pathfinder RPG, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics. Station arrives ahead of schedule COLIN WILLIAMS Upper Hutt’s new railway station has arrived...and running ahead of schedule. The $3.5 million building was open to commuters for the first time on Monday morning after the early completion of a 10-month project by Naenae’s Maycroft Construction. The new ‘‘Upper Hutt Station’’ is on the exact footprint of the previous 1955 wooden building. Some final touches remained to be be done on Monday, including backing for some outdoor seating and a fit-out of a coffee kiosk in the public waiting area. Formal opening of the build- Upper Hutt’s new railway station is open for commuter business. PHOTO: COLIN WILLIAMS ing, which will include a blessing and the unveiling of a plaque, will not take place until Saturday, December 12. Activities for chil- dren from 11.30am will include face painting, a bouncy castle, rides on Lofty the Train, giveaways and a sausage sizzle. There will also be stalls, tours of the building and a pictorial display of Upper Hutt’s rail history. The new station was funded by the Upper Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Upper Hutt had long lobbied for a new transport hub and in 2013 made a special $1m contribution to end the years of budgetary deadlock and delay. ‘‘Without that money the sta- tion upgrade could well have continued to sit on the back-burner for years, ‘‘ Mayor Wayne Guppy said at the August 2014 release of the station’s design. ‘‘Public transport is really important to Upper Hutt and this station is a vital hub for the city,’’ Guppy said. ‘‘A lot of people travel by train to Wellington to work and buses are used by hundreds of local residents every day.’’ Greater Wellington regional council public transport portfolio leader Paul Swain said the city should be pleased with the ‘‘fantastic new station’’. The station features a naturally-lit 30-seat waiting room and ticket office,the kiosk which will be accessed from inside and out the main building, public toilets, sheltered seating, improved lighting and CCTV cameras.
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