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Toilet upgrade just the start of an image upgrade for Petone

May 6th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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THE STANDARD concrete block public toilets on the corner of Jackson and Fitzherbert Streets in Petone are about to get a community make-over.

Inspired by the vision of stars and waves that would have greeted Petone’s first settlers, the local restrooms are to be transformed, in a community project being led by the Hutt City Council’s Jackson Street Programme.

“We came by sea, through the stars and we left footprints in the sand,” says the Jackson Street Programme co-ordinator, Hellen Swales, describing the inspiration behind the project.

The idea was first sparked by a third year Weltec Creative Technologies student, Mike Polaczuk as part of an assessment, and other community groups have since joined in.

“I don’t think the young man had an idea of what he was getting himself into,” says Ms Swales.

Local kindergartens and primary schools will be participating, painting the stars and the waves.

“This first project has to be community based and engaged. It means that everyone comes along on the journey with us,” she says.

Local businesses have joined forces to provide materials, with Mitre10 Mega donating wood, and Resene supplying paint for the project.

Old wooden piles from the original Petone wharf will be turned into seats with plaques explaining their historical significance.

Local kaumatua will be invited to bless the toilet block before the project commences.

Ms Swales says the project is the first of many planned to add value to Petone’s heritage status, and secure its place in the heritage tourism market.

She says this is the first step to a larger picture, where Petone will become Wellington’s Ponsonby.

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