Paremata Station

This page outlines the History and description of Paremata Station and its buildings.

Image showing early view of Paremata Station. Houses in the background are possibly railway houses.
Early view of Paremata Station. Houses in the background are possibly railway houses.
Pataka Museum CD 21 Film 100 B.4.27

History of the stations on this site

The first Paremata Station was built on a causeway across one of the small bays in the area. It opened in 1885 and was the first country station of the W&MRC on the line between Wellington and Paekakariki. It comprised a small wooden 4th class station building, goods shed and a small square water tower at the southern end. There were three running roads or loops with extra sidings on both sides as well as stables for the coaches that met the trains. Paremata was the name for the old whaling station in the vicinity. [See Ref. xv]

Three houses were built in Station Road for the staff that manually operated the signals.

Paremata Station circa 1960.
Paremata Station, c.1960, showing many additions and alterations to the original building.
Porirua Museum ref 26/7 NZR B6869

Description of the present station

The second – and present – station was constructed in 1960 as part of the Porirua/Paremata deviation work. It is a similar design to, but smaller than the Porirua station that was also built during this period. The station is sited some distance to the northwest of the original station site.

Two large pedestrian over-bridges connect the station to Paremata over the motorway; one from the south end of the platform, and the other (shorter) from the car park. These bridges were constructed when the road was widened and the Paremata roundabout constructed ca. early 1980s.

Present Paremata Station from car park on east side.
Paremata Station, from car park on east side
Photo – Russell Murray, 2009

Paremata Station and an associated car park sit on reclaimed land at the side of the harbour, isolated from Paremata by the motorway and roundabout. The site is exposed but enjoys sweeping views of the harbour and wider landscape. There are two substantial steel and timber pedestrian bridges, one at the south end of the platform, linking across the motorway to Paremata Crescent and the other linking the car park on the east side to a further car park on Station Road, at approximately the location of the original station.

Paremata is an island type station, reached from the car park by an underpass. The platform is elevated on the rail embankment above the car park. The station building is complementary to the station at Porirua. It is designed in a simple late 1950s modernist style, with a gently upswept flat roof, distinctively chamfered at the corners, broad cantilevered verandahs supported on the steel primary structure, timber window and door joinery and brick and concrete infill walls between the steelwork. The welded steel verandah beams interpret the longstanding NZR tradition of using bent railway irons. The simple rectilinear plan offers a variety different sheltered waiting spaces, some of which retain the original built-in bench seats and several enclosed spaces at the south end of the building – which are closed to the public.

References

xv Heath, Barbara, and Balham, Helen. The Paremata Story Paremata : Paremata Residents Association, 1994 p.39.

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