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Seventy per cent of its expenditure for 2011-12 is on transport, with $80 million flagged as GWRC takes own- ership of the region s railway stations. Although $2.5m will be spent on carpark and station upgrades, it is unlikely GWRC will want to spend much on Kenepuru, which has 20-25 users during peak travel times -- the lowest in the region. Kapi-Mana News reported in July 2009 that Kenepuru, which is accessed through Lin- den and behind the light industrial area off Kenepuru Dr, was on the chopping block, but nothing materialised. Greater Wellington econ- omic wellbeing committee chairman Peter Glensor says they have signalled a review of all the platforms as the new Ganz-Mavag units are rolled out. While nothing has been decided, he says Kenepuru will be problematic . It is on the agenda, the platform is in a bad state of repair and not many people use it. There s no timing at this stage, but we are having a detailed look at all our assets as we look to introduce these new trains. There will be con- sultation [with the public] before anything is decided. Any arguments on its prox- imity to Kenepuru Hospital are calmed by a widely-used free shuttle from Porirua station. GWRC Porirua/Tawa coun- cillors, Jenny Brash and Barbara Donaldson, are understandably nervous that another station in their zone faces closure. Muri station at Pukerua Bay closed at the end of April. Ms Brash says, Having two in one area [close] is not what people want to hear. I know it s not a station that s well used at night, but we ll need more information. I think it is still early days. Ms Donaldson says they need to hear from regular users who would be affected. Neither she nor Ms Brash is on the committee that will decide the station s fate. Rail historian David Parsons says Kenepuru Sta- tion has no heritage value. I wouldn t say it s particu- larly loved, its patronage is worse than Muri s was and there s no street parking [for commuters]. There is a lot of vandalism -- every time they [KiwiRail] fix up the shelter, it gets damaged. As a rail enthusiast I don t like seeing any stations closing but it s not like losing Tawa or Linden stations, say. I can see why it s first on the hit list. Scoop this: Joanna Langford's exhibition at Pataka is likely to get people talking, or make them yearn for warmer weather, with one installation made entirely from ice-cream cones. Art good enough to eat up By KRIS DANDO Those who crave hundreds-and- thousands biscuits had better steer clear of Pataka until the end of next month. That s when Joanna Langford s installation display, Beyond Nowhere, finishes. The Wellington-based artist s show has some new pieces and some of her favourites from the past 10 years. It s a chance to show them off to a new audience, says Langford, who has displayed in galleries across New Zealand, to critical acclaim. She was the 2010 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago. Two of the pieces are, theoretically, edible -- The Big Rock Candy Castle ( constructed in 2004) is made from 40 packets of hundreds-and-thousands biscuits and pink wafers, while The Wanderers (2005) is built out of ice- cream cones. I ve always been interested in the alchemy of changing something simple into something magical. The idea of a biscuit as a build- ing block really intrigued me. Other installations, such as Honey in the Rock, which takes its inspiration from the Organ Pipes rock structure near Dunedin, and Baltic Wanderer, a three-minute digital animation projected onto a wall, come from Langford s exper- iences of landscapes she has visited. Beyond Nowhere is at Pataka until July 31.
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