Eastern Courier : September 16th 2011
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Only your name and suburb are published. The editor reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Mail: Eastern Courier, PO Box 76-400, Manukau 2013 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Made to last The article Heritage buildings at risk (Eastern Courier, September 9) is most unfortunate as the buildings in Howick Historical Village -- some of the oldest in New Zealand -- have been given top marks to withstand earthquakes. These treasures have withstood many storms and minor earthquakes over 163 years as well as being transported to the village to be placed on new foundations. Modern homes are much more likely to be damaged by even minor earthquakes. Someone is getting confused with the Victorian plastered brick buildings of Christchurch that collapsed during their earthquakes. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are rare in Auckland. The Howick Historical Village buildings remind us of a simpler lifestyle, when kauri timber was plentiful, buildings were stronger and made to last.Alan La Roche Howick historian Howick Historical Village former director Oh the buses! So it was the kick-off to the long- awaited Rugby World Cup last Friday night. I decided that it was something not to be missed for our boys aged 7 and 4, so we all donned black and the boys had ferns painted on each cheek. We had our flags, snacks, warm clothes and off we trotted. As good citizens we listened to the advice and headed for public transport of second choice (the bus) as from listening to the radio the trains would already be full before they even got to our stop which would have been Panmure. I have never seen so many people waiting for a bus in Pakuranga (except possibly for a school trip). We only managed to get on the one that arrived because we had the children with us and people were sympathetic. The fireworks were fantastic! The vibe was electric and the crowd mostly happy, friendly like-minded people out for a good night. The bus home -- what a joke. When we were finally able to find the bus home the queue was massive and the buses sometimes full when they got to us.One poor driver had accidentally opened his back doors and people were getting on without paying. My reason for writing was to thank the amazing lady who insisted that my family be let on first as by now we had two sleeping children to contend with. She wasn t taking no for an answer and without her we would have surely missed out altogether -- we were extremely grateful. To the bus companies -- maybe a little bit more forward thinking would help. If you want us to take public transport then get your act together, get more buses going at more regular times and tell people when and where to get these buses from. Ridiculous! Ali Taylor Pakuranga Homestead work can start Restoration woes over: Howick and District Historical Society president Ross Warren is relieved work can start on the restoration of the Puhi Nui Homestead. Photo: PIP BOURKE By PIP BOURKE A generous grant means an historic building can be restored to its former glory. The Howick Historical Village has been awarded $40,000 towards the res- toration of the Puhi Nui Homestead. The homestead, built in 1861, has been overdue for maintenance for about three years, Howick and Dis- tricts Historical Society president Ross Warren says. Maintenance diversion is one of those things that happens quite a lot here, Mr Warren says. We struggle with day-to-day oper- ating costs so these things have to go on the back burner. The grant of $40,000 from the Howick Local Board covers the majority of funding needed to restore the two-storey building. ItcameasabitofashocktoMr Warren who had assumed the board would only give the $12,000 that had been recommended. The board s generosity is over- whelming and we are so grateful for that. At this week s meeting the board deemed it was essential that it plays its part in preserving the district s his- tory. The society is currently seeking funding for the remaining $10,000 needed but Mr Warren says now they have the majority of the money, work can get underway as soon as the weather permits. The restoration will include essen- tial work on the exterior joinery. Mr Warren says the weatherboards have deteriorated and there is some rot in the wood. Obviously old timber houses are difficult to maintain, he says. So think how difficult it is to maintain the 30 we have here in the historical vil- lage. The house will also be repainted. The restoration is expected to take about six weeks. The Puhi Nui Homestead was orig- inally a farmhouse on Puhi Nui Rd in Wiri. It was built for William McLaughlin and is often referred to as the McLaughlin Homestead. It is constructed of kauri logs felled in the Hokianga and towed down the West Coast to Manukau Harbour. The homestead was gifted to the Auckland Regional Authority in 1975 by William McLaughlin s grandson Thomas for the Botanic Gardens in Manurewa. In 1980 it was offered to the society and was moved to Howick Historical Village in 1982.
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