A History of Paekakariki Station Museum

1993

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– Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust Established.

 

1994

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– Open Day – October

 

1999

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– Wellington & Manawatu Railway display

 

2005

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– Sharing stories about our village.

 

2006

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– Sharing stories about our village.

 

2006

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– Jon & Jacqui Trimmer display art works in the station

 

2008

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– Celebrating 100 years of the North Island Main Trunk.

 

2008

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– Arts Trail Display – Portrait of Paekakariki.

 

2009

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– Arts Trail – Classic PotPourri at Paekakariki.

 

2011

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– Christian Cullen & Rugby World Cup Display.

 

2013

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– Rail 150 Years celebration.

 

2014

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– Station Bell Returns.

 

2015

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– Discover Kapiti Heritage Day – January

2015

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– Station Display for Anzac Day at Memorial Hall – April

 

2015

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– Book launch @ Station Museum – October

 

2016

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– Discover Kapiti Heritage weekend – January

2016

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– Visit from Lower Hutt Probus Club – May.

 

Paekakariki Station Museum

 

The Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust was formed in 1993 by a group of people from the local community, who were concerned about the very fast decline of Paekakariki’s rail heritage. The primary objective was and remains to ensure that the 1909 built railway station was saved from destruction. To achieve this goal, the Paekakariki Station Precinct Trust was formed and work commenced on a complete rebuild of the dilapidated station interior. The completion of this major reconstruction work saw the Paekakariki Rail and Heritage Museum opened in 1995.

 

 

Paekakariki is a North Island Main Trunk railway town, which is very rich in  history. During the early years the town was occupied by the private Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company employees, until the Government took over the line in 1908, and the staff where transferred to become NZR personnel. The first school was built in 1886 with the coming of the Railway and the Surf Club was established in the early days by railway people. Many of the town inhabitants are still today either ex railway or come from railway families.

 

During 1992 rumour had it that our railway station was either going to be physically bulldozed or downsized. The station building itself is a famous Paekakariki landmark and local town folk were abhorred with the thought of a small plastic shelter, as well as any other radical alteration that would change the look of the town. Besides, the town had already lost the original refreshment girl’s hostel to accidental fire. The old hostel used to stand in Ames Street, later being used as a railway employee’s house. In the early 1990’s, the railway station itself was damaged in an arson attempt. Fortunately the local volunteer fire brigade were on the job very quickly and the old building was saved.

 

Paekakariki once had a locomotive depot, the site now being occupied by Steam Incorporated. Long gone too is the hut settlement and Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company’s social hall, which stood opposite Steam Incorporated’s site. Paekakariki’s used to also have a “bank” engine, which helped the heavy freight trains to climb up the hill, but this finished in the 1980’s.

Electric units are still stabled in the yard overnight, and with the advent of the half-hourly unit timetable, there is once again a fairly large railway train crew based at Paekakariki. Across the tracks from Steam Incorporated is a modern signals depot which was abandoned in 2003, with the privatisation of railways. The whole yard once contained many railway houses, the earliest ones being built by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company. These too are long gone, with the very last constructed NZR houses being removed in the 1980’s.

With so much lost, it was therefore essential that what was left of the township’s railway heritage somehow be preserved. As well as the rail heritage items, shops, hotel, cafes, a very popular swimming/surfing beach and Queen Elizabeth Park, all are within walking distance from the station. There is also no shortage of places to stay at in Paekakariki, with a motel, motor camp, hotel and backpackers.

The Station Museum consists of 4 major sections, General History, Maori Taonga, Railway History and a section containing US Marines WW2 items. The railway section of the museum is very popular and displays are regularly rotated. Admission to the museum is by donation.

 

Iwi Section of Museum

Iwi Section of Museum

 

Showing Tauihu – Canoe Prow

Maihi – from KenaKena Memorial

Both items carved by master carver – Len Taylor of Paraparaumu

Colonial Section of Museum

Colonial Section of Museum

 

Section shows

Kitchen Area – Lounge Area – Tool Shed

 

US Marine Section of Museum

US Marine Section of Museum

 

United States Marine Section

 

Railway Section of Museum

Railway Section of Museum

 

Model Railway

Motor Trolley – Hand Velocipede – Motor Bike Inspection Trolley

 

2008

Historic signal box arrives back at its old spot at Paekakariki railway station, in a project that aims to recapture the glory days of the seaside town’s rail heritage.

On Wednesday 6 August the Parliamentary Special Train celebrating 100 years of the NIMT steamed out of Wellington Station bound for Auckland.

The first stop was Paekakariki where the restored Signal Box was officially opened by Hon Winnie Laban

2013

One hundred years ago on February 18 1913,  railwayman Walter Pengelly died in heavy surf at Paekakariki, but two friends who were in the same boat wreck were saved after a heroic rescue by five other railwaymen.

The tragedy shocked the small community and at a public meeting held on March 2, 1913, in the Railway social hall, it was agreed unanimously to form a Railway Surf Life Saving Club.

This led to the formation of one of New Zealand’s oldest, and most famous, surf clubs.

In 2013 the Paekakariki Surf Life Guards are marking Mr Pengelly’s death — and the 100 years’ of life guarding that followed.

To celebrate the formation of the club, present-day members gathered at the Paekakariki Station Museum on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2, 2013

1994

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– Restoration of building interior started

 

1995

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– Paekakariki Rail & Heritage Museum opened.

 

2003

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– Signal Box concert fundraiser

 

2005

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– Jon & Jacqui Trimmer display artworks in station

 

2006

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– Roaring 40’s Display

2007

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– Signal Box fundraiser – Midwinter offerings

 

2008

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– Signal Box Opening.

 

2008

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– IPENZ recognises the line built by the Wellington & Manawatu Railway.

 

2011

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– Opening of new Marines section.

 

2012

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– Blessing and Opening of new Iwi & Rail Displays.

 

2014

– Discover Kapiti Heritage Day – January

 

2014

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– Arts Trail – David McGill – book covers and Michael O’Leary art works.

 

2015

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– Opening and Blessing of World War I display – February

 

2015

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– Commemoration of the Battle of Chunuk Bair – Trip to Otaki – August.

 

2015

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– Whitby Adventure School visit – December.

 

2016

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– Visit from Marsden Probus Club in Karori – April

 

Paekakariki Station Museum ~ Adjacent to State Highway 1, Paekakariki ~ pspt@paradise.net.nz

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