eurokiwi78 wrote:If somebody wants to buy it and do it up then run it as a going concern, paying rental to the landowner then they should be able to, failing that I say replace it with a modern shelter. Sell it to a museum if anybody wanted it.
I hope that by "modern shelter" you do not mean Epuni style
It never ceases to amaze me that in the early 1900s (eg Lower Hutt and Petone), in the 1930s (eg Tawa) and in the early 1950s (eg Epuni) travellers were provide with verandahs that provided protection from the elements. In the 21st century passengers are provided with totally useless bus shelters. If anyone doe not believe me try standing on Epuni station in a raging northerly or southerly.
If the Tawa building is too far gone to retain at least (IMHO) the verandahs should be retained. Look at what was achieved at Petone. Although it was disappointing that the 1905 Troup building was demolished the replacement, retaining the original verandahs, is functional and attractive.
Petone also has the advantage that there are no schools nearby and that the ticket office is manned Mon -Fri so vandalism is not a major problem.
The same comment about verandahs applies to Naenae when it is demolished.