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Historic Fire Station Secured For Community

Historic Fire Station Secured For Community

After years of debate and negotiations, one of Manukau city’s first volunteer fire stations has been returned to the community following Manukau City Council’s purchase of the old Papatoetoe fire station. Manukau Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says the station is a significant part of the city’s history and by purchasing the property the council is ensuring that history is preserved.

“The old station was originally owned by the Papatoetoe Borough Council before being handed over to the Fire Service. It has been a focal point of the local community for many years, and was the base for the local voluntary fire service from 1959 through to 2003. We hope to see it once again become a focal point.”

There are three kauri trees growing on the site. They were presented by the then-mayor of Papatoetoe, the late Allan Brewster, as a memorial to three young fire fighters who were lost at sea in the late 1970s. Sir Barry says the council’s ownership of the property means they will remain protected.

“The future of these trees and their significance to the family and friends of the victims was a factor in our decision to purchase the property.” The council has purchased the 2259m² site for $1.35 million and will take ownership from the end of September.

The station was built in the 1950s with money raised by the local community, and will require restoration before it can be used as a community facility. Details of this work are yet to be confirmed.

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