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January 2000, Volume 11, Number 1

Picton Fizzing

Picton knows how to throw a party.

To celebrate the completion of the latest stage of an urban redesign, 75 bottles of locally-produced bubbly were poured into the town’s new champagne fountain.

Hundreds of people — including several invited guests from Wellington who were ferried across Cook Strait for free by the Interislander and Top Cat services — enjoyed the spectacle (and the Nautilus champagne).

A Christmas parade followed, and the special guests were taken on a 90 minute cruise aboard Cougarline’s Sounds Exciting vessel.

Picton Urban Design committee chairperson Jeannine Paul says the success of the day reflected the optimism felt by the Marlborough Sounds community as it prepared for the new millennium.

“Everyone is really positive. I was talking to the owner of Picton’s largest accommodation house, and he says he hasn’t known such a positive attitude in the 30 years he has been involved with the town.”

The three-tier stainless steel champagne fountain is thought to be the only one of its type outside Europe. It has two systems, which means it can run on water most of the time, but be switched on special occasions to pump champagne.

Picton’s urban redesign project, which has received support and advice from Community Employment, has progressed in two stages. The first centred on the foreshore and the second on the town’s main retail area — the High Street.

The road has been levelled, services have been moved underground, and channelling and paving have been put in. The tiling features a wave pattern, planter boxes have been placed in the centre of the road, and plane trees have been replaced with pohutukawa and ash.

The result, says Jeannine, is that Picton has been “turned into a far more pedestrian-friendly place. Cafes now have areas outside for tables and chairs, and the owners are noticing quite an increase in business.”

Community Employment adviser te Rehia Tapata-Stafford says that back in 1993 Picton was in need of a face lift: "Today we see a very different Picton. It is a town that has quietly become a destination in its own right, which has had a positive effect on locals and visitors."

Celebrations marking the completion of the second stage came just days after Tranzrail received a resource consent to shift its Cook Strait ferry terminal from Picton to Clifford Bay.

But as Jeannine points out, “the redesign of Picton was well and truly underway before Tranzrail talked about moving.

“Obviously the best scenario is that the ferries will stay. But regardless of whether they stay or go, the town recognises that it needs to be made a more attractive place.

“If Tranzrail does take some or all of its operations to Clifford Bay, we’ve given ourselves a better opportunity to become a tourism destination in our own right.”

With a new millennium dawning, Jeannine and her team are looking to the future rather than the past. They are already planning stage three of the urban redesign, which will focus on London Quay, a road near Picton’s waterfront.

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence - Lawrence Summer Arts Festival (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Other stories about Revitalisation:
Stick to the Vision - Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust (June 2001)
Nobody Somebody Everybody - He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust (September 2001)
Multiple Benefits from Work in Okains Bay - Te Waipounamu Wharekauri Trust (September 2001)
Promoting Small Town Renewal - A Kit for Small Town Renewal (October 2001)
Following a Dream - Whakaki Lake Trust (February 2001)
Back on Track - Kawakawa On Track (February 2001)
A Greener South - South Coast Environment Centre (February 2001)
New Approach to Sustainability - Buller Community Development Company (April 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Community Bank Attracts Interest - Palmerston Gateway to Gold Service Facility (March 2000)
Lights, Camera, Action, Jobs - Canterbury Film and Television Services (January 2000)
Developing a Community Blueprint - Hinepukohurangi Trust (December 1999)
Growing Momentum - GROW (November 1999)
Communities Take Control - Cheviot Promotions Group (October 1999)
Common Goal - Te Mahurehure Marae Cultural Society Incorporated (May 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
Fun Ho at Inglewood Thanks to Community Enterprise - Fun Ho National Toy Museum (June 1999)
Trolling Around - Mike Stone (March 1999)
Door Knocking Finds Part Time Jobs - Hauraki Enterprise Agency (March 1999)
Growing a Forest Park - Milnthorpe Park Society (August 2002)
Safety in Design - Tracey Pomare (September 2002)
Forest Restoration Provides Win-Win - Tere Te Kawa (December 2002)
Piece of Happiness - Tamumu Trust (December 2002)
Attracting Visitors to Te Aroha - Future Te Aroha (January 2003)
Resource for Everyone - Borland Lodge (January 2003)
Steaming Into The Future - Hooterville Heritage Charitable Trust (May 2003)
Sprouting Forth - Dargaville Community Gardens Trust (June 2003)
Seeing the Light - ITP Reefton Promotions (August 2003)
Creating Access - Kauri Coast Development Board (September 2003)
Taking the High Road - Selwyn District Council (August 2004)
Real Kiwi Town - Eketahuna Mainstreet Inc (December 2004)
Jeannine Paul, 100 High St, Picton
Phone (03) 573 8000, fax (03) 573 7695

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