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Whangārei marble (1st of 2)

Whāngārei marble

The foyer of the Wellington Railway Station features slabs of the rock sold as Whangārei marble – actually a hard limestone packed with shell fragments. Its colour is quite variable even within a single quarry, and different specimens may be in shades of yellow, cream and pink. It was widely used as decorative stone in entrance foyers.

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Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, 'Building stone - Limestone and marble', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 March 2023)

Story by Simon Nathan and Bruce Hayward, published 12 Jun 2006