28 Jun 2021

Singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon becomes Whanganui underground elevator operator

From Morning Report, 8:52 am on 28 June 2021

Singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon is the newest operator of New Zealand's only public underground elevator - Whanganui's Durie Hill Elevator.

The 102-year-old lift descends more than 60 metres into Durie Hill, connecting to a pedestrian tunnel and opening up to a short walk into the city centre.

Tonnon - a self-described public transport enthusiast - says while the elevator is a point of interest for tourists, he's keen on keeping it as an efficient mode of public transport for the community.

He spoke to Corin Dann.