A photo of then Minister of Transport Steven Joyce and other VIPs including then Mayor Rowan on Saturday 19 February 2011. It also saw the first public presentation of the present Matangi type electric trains. The event was marked by protests from those unhappy about the Expressway plan with a balloon floating for every house that would be removed for it. Actually, there weren’t many of them. For Geoffrey and Eva, the extension of the electrification meant being able to travel all the way to/from Waikanae without a change to/from a bus at Paraparaumu.