A window was shattered on the new Te Huia train on its test run to Papakura after kids threw rocks at it [file photo].
The first run of a new passenger rail service wasn’t as smooth as anticipated after children threw rocks at the train.
The new rail service train Te Huia, which will operate from Waikato to Auckland, was making its way through Ngaruawahia on its maiden test run to Papakura on Monday when rocks were thrown at it.
The window was toughened glass, which shattered but held, and while the financial cost was small, throwing rocks at trains was an unacceptable and irresponsible act, a KiwiRail spokesman said.
Residents on a Ngaruawahia social media page expressed their frustration at this happening in their community.
“We as a community should not tolerate this type of behaviour as it impacts on us all.
“We all know that we have a great community and place to live.
“I’m well aware that it is only a very small minority that behave like this but it’s important we together try our best to encourage better behaviour,” a man said.
Other people said how disappointing it was children were acting like that and said they had seen kids throwing rocks at other things around town as well.
The first of the carriages for the new Te Huia service pulled up in Hamilton at the start of September, which enabled staff training to get under way.
The construction of the Rotokauri Station, which also includes a significant public bus hub and park and ride facility, was delayed due to the impact of Auckland’s Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions on supply; however, improvement works to Huntly Station were on schedule.
An opportunity to board the train would be available at public open days to be held closer to the service’s launch.
A decision on the launch date of the service was not expected until December, a Waikato Regional Council spokeswoman said.