Media release: 1 July 2013
A Maori blessing was held this morning in Wiri at the soon to be opened maintenance and stabling facility for Auckland’s new trains.
The blessing which coincides with the launch of Maori Language Week was conducted by local Manukau iwi and attended by Auckland Transport’s CEO Dr David Warburton and from Spain, Construcciones y Auxillair Ferrocarriles (CAF) builders of the electric trains.
The purpose-built facility comprises a 7650 square metre maintenance building, train wash, six kilometres of rail track sidings to allow the electric trains to move in and around the facility and stabling for 28 three-car trains. The 4.4 hectare site is on part of the old Winstones Quarry in Wiri.
The facility will be opened on Friday by Mayor Len Brown.