Renovation f lamin' good

By Janna Sherman

A vintage fire truck is to become a feature in the refurbished old Hokitika fire station.
The building is being transformed by Hokitika woman Kate Riley into the Hokitika Fire House, a new wine and food hub.
Mrs Riley has kept the original exterior brick work as well as the station front to retain the connection with its fire brigade history.
Now a 1976 Bedford TK engine has arrived on site.
Mrs Riley said the engine would be painted black and branded under the West Coast Wine Company banner to become a permanent feature of the premises — the distribution centre for its new wine label combining wine tasting, a cellar door, function rooms and a commercial kitchen.
The re-modelled Hokitika Fire House is expected to open late next month, coinciding with the launch of the new label for a range of Nelson and Marlborough wines.
Interior renovations have been under way for the past eight weeks and Mrs Riley said they were now moving into the final fit-out stage.
“Nothing structurally has been altered at all. It has just been old replaced with new.”
The Hamilton Street site was used continuously by the fire brigade for four different stations from 1869 to 2003, when the brigade moved to Stafford Street.
The current building was opened in 1950 and served the brigade for 53 years.