PROGRESS?

(The End of the Ahuroa Railway Station)

The following article was first published in the Rodney Times on 6 September 1967, 
it also ran in the former Ahuroa Community Newsletter. 
The photo of the Ahuroa Station was sourced from the Warkworth Museum Archive.


Last week saw an end of an era for Ahuroa. It was a sad day for the settlement when an official arrived and collected the books and papers form the railway station, which will henceforth be unattended. Members of the staff have been moved to other positions. The railcars which served the Ahuroa area have ceased to run, and, so far as public transport for passengers is concerned, the district is completely isolated.

It is understood that the railway station has had officers in attendance there for 40 years. Now, even the track staff has been moved to Wellsford. All maintenance work will be undertaken from that station, then being taken to their duties by bus.

Members of the track staff were stationed in Ahuroa even before the railways department assumed control of the line. The first of them appeared there seventy years ago. Two years ago there were still four track men living in the settlement. The march of progress means that three will be deserted and a station removed at Kanohi. One house, a station and stock yards will disappear form Makarau.  Tahekaroa will also lose two houses, Ahuroa three, and Woodcocks three. Kaipara Flats will be the poorer by two houses, two will go from Hoteo and another one from Wayby.

Mr. K G Edmonds, now farming in Ahuroa, was a member of the railway staff for many years. During his lifetime he has seen many changes, including improved rolling stock, better conditions of work and more speedy methods. But he feels that the changes just initiated are by far the greatest of all. Nor is he convinced that they constituted a change of the better. They will, he feels, cause a real upheaval in many districts which have, over the years, placed heavy reliance upon the service the railways have provided.

Moreover, members of the railway staff have always played their full part in the life of the community. They have served on sports clubs, hall and school committees and have never been found wanting when help was needed.

In a word railway men, their wives and members of their families have show their true worth by helping their fellows citizens. They have helped to brighten the lives of others in isolated communities. Ahuroa and maybe other settlements, along the railway line will miss their cheery assistance.


The original sign from the station.