Paekākāriki’s story displayed around the village


Pearl and Florrie’s Way is part of the Paekakariki Art History Walk. Photo / Rosalie Willis

The Paekākāriki Station Precinct Trust continues to find new ways to tell the story of Paekākāriki, while making the village a destination.

The trust added new layers to the village’s narrative of its local history with the development of an art history walk.

The trust is made up of a group passionate about history who has been involved in projects around the village for five years.

“We have contributed to the centenary of St Peters Hall in 2018, the launch of the Streets of Paekākāriki book in 2018 and several historical exhibits in the hall,” said the chairman of the trust, Dave Johnson.

Home - A board that is part of the walk on the history of the arts Paekākāriki.
Home – A board that is part of the walk on the history of the arts Paekākāriki.

“The original idea came from Graham Carlsen many years ago who tried to display historical photos on the concrete wall of St Peters Church.

“Graham was the village roadmender who worked for the city council for over 20 years and we offered to help us get his idea off the ground.

“Instead of having a photo exhibit, it became much easier to have a series of plaques on places of interest around the village.”

The story group got together and brainstormed a list of sites, people, and places to research.

“We wanted signs to identify locations as well as information, then scanning a QR code, tracking with more data about each location on the web. “

There are 14 signs located in and around the village, with information about the site, each with its own unique QR code which can be scanned to give the full story with more information and photos.

“We call it the Art History Walk, with a large map showing all the sites placed on the platform at Paekākāriki Station and inside Finns Restaurant.

The map features 14 other sites (currently without signs) at locations along the waterfront, Tilley Rd, Ames St, and Queen Elizabeth Park.

These panels will be installed in the near future if time and funds permit.

Not all signs relate to buildings in the village.

Three concern people whose names are synonymous with the history of Paekākāriki and are commemorated in the village; Betty Perkins Way, Murray Hill Point and Pearl and Florrie Walkway.

“These names wouldn’t make sense to the general public, so by having them identified we can educate others about these people and give them the respect they deserve.

“The reason behind this, the historic walk, along with the museum, is to give visitors to the village the opportunity to spend a little more time while they are here walking around and exploring the village and its surroundings. story.

“It’s about making Paekākāriki a destination so that when Transmission Gully opens, people will still want to visit the village.”

If you can’t get out to explore the village on foot, visit www.xplorepaekakariki.org.nz for all the information online.


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