Last week, the Post Newspaper ran a story on the future of the Pukekohe railway station. The building is not protected in the heritage act by Auckland Council, despite it being 104 years old.
We asked what you would like to see happen to the train station. Here is just some of the feedback we received via email and social media.
John Jensen: I take the train every morning from Pukekohe and get home every evening. I don’t really care what they do with the station, but I hope that whether the current building is upgraded or a new one put in its place, they will provide some toilets.
Don Chard: I would like to see it restored to its former glory, perhaps added onto, but keep the original appearance from the outside. Good luck.
Dave Fenton: Gift it to Glenbrook Vintage, moved and placed on site and build fresh.
Anna Lewis: Like the article said— the Papakura station has been fully restored so it must be a heritage building. Surely the Pukekohe station building has been there just as long as the Papakura station, so why does it not get the same attention/ status? Not enough room for plans? Build a longer platform or multiple platforms. Surely it isn’t difficult.
Philip Picot: It is an eyesore. It will cost a fortune in taxpayers money to restore and maintain. Demolish it and put in something practical.
Sean Lynch: Knowing past history with other stations throughout New Zealand, KiwiRail will probably sell it for $10 or $100. We have a heritage or historical group here in Pukekohe why not this group or we all form a trust and call it, “Pukekohe Railway Station Historical Trust”, And start calling for donations at all outlets at shops and businesses and start rebuilding the station? There will be companies like Mitre10 or Placemakers who will donate materials for the rebuild. Just a case of organising it.
Where to from here?
Auckland Council have extended the deadline for heritage submissions until February 2018. This means you can go online to submit a request for the Pukekohe railway station, or any other buildings to be included in the list. Go to www.thepost.nz to see the full release.