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These credits are worth exactly the same as credits for end of year exams and so these internal exams should be taken very seriously, especially by students aiming for Merits and Excellences. Enrol now to do practice tests, and to find out exactly what the examiners are looking for when you write your answers. Fees must be paid in advance By MARIANNE KELLY ACHANCE to see a waterwheel and four-grinding mill house from the 1800s in action has come a step closer with a fnancial donation and pledged manpower. The iron teeth inside the water- wheel at Howick Historical Village are from John Bycroft’s, built at his Manurewa four mill in 1855, while the two millstones came from his Onehunga four mill. Retired electrical and mechani- cal engineer Murray Lane is work- ing on a proposal to restore the waterwheel and mill house to full working order. The project has been given a fllip by the Rotary Club of How- ick donating $1000, and members have offered more “hands-on” assistance with engineering and site works, as well as further fnan- cial support at a later date. Mr Lane’s introduction to the village was about six months ago when he expressed an interest to learn more about blacksmithing at the village’s George Wagstaff Blacksmith’s Shop. His engineering skills, including voluntary work at MOTAT since 1978, came to the attention of vil- lage administrators and he was assigned to the mill restoration project. The waterwheel has been out of action for eight months because the pond providing the closed water circuit to drive it developed a leak. Water from the duck pond is diverted through a wooden chute into the tank where it’s circulated through the wheel’s 18 buckets. However, plastic liner glued to the concrete tail race cannot be repaired and Mr Lane is proposing that a new concrete pond be built. “My idea is to put in a bigger pump. The present electric pump in the tank lifts the water, but we need something bigger to drive more water,” he says. “Stage one of my programme is to determine how much water we need to drive the mechanism by hiring pumps and then buying one to suit.” As an adjunct, Mr Lane says a larger pump would also allow an aerator to be installed in the duck pond, improving its water quality. The two grinding millstones and supporting apparatus will then have to be reassembled so four milling can start. “We don’t know whether it’ll grind wheat, but that’s the aim. If it does, it will be one of the biggest attractions in the village. “There’s a lot of work to be done to fgure out how to connect the wheel and mill. “I only have estimates and it’ll be up to the Howick and Districts Historical Society board to make decisions.” Mr Lane has ideas for the hands- on work Rotary members will be able to help with, such as dig- ging out the pond to deepen it and installing the concrete base and block walls. “We need three-phase power supply, so instead of hiring an expensive digger, the Rotary peo- ple could help us dig the trench, unless a member has contacts and can get a digger for free.” Village marketing manager Kathy Bigwood says: “We’d like to see more service clubs involved. “It’s fantastic to have Rotary on board and the Lions are also offer- ing help. People can adopt an area, for example, a specifc garden to look after.” She’s contemplating seeking commercial sponsorship, such as interesting a four milling com- pany to support the waterwheel and mill. Howick Rotary president Colin Monk says it’s a while since the club carried out a project involving some labour as well as money. “If we stick with it, there could be a project the club could be involved in at the village every year and we could give ongoing support. “The money we raise comes from the community and we make sure it goes back into the commu- nity. A whole lot of good things come out of it.” Howick Historical Village is on ■ the corner of Bell Road and Lady Marie Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, phone 576-9506. More information is at www.fencible. org.nz. TURNING THE WHEEL: Eager to get the waterwheel and flour-grinding mill house at Howick Historical Village operating again are, from left, volunteer engineer Murray Lane, Howick Rotary president Colin Monk, and village marketing manager Kathy Bigwood. Times photo Wayne Martin Village aims to mill flour Looking for magic works F ➤ romPage1 “As cities grow larger, natural habitats are destroyed, and the number of wild animals and birds grow smaller. I believe we need to start thinking about how to preserve the natural environment instead of just focusing on our own.” Mrs Yang, a former landscape architect, has become a passionate advocate for the environment in recent years. “Everyone who enters the Estuary Artworks competition wants to win, but it’s not the main thing for me,” she told the Times. “I really like its topic and think it’s important for people to know about the effect of pollution on the environment. “We all share this small planet and have to live in peace and harmony with each other and with nature.” Mr Garrett, of Central Auckland, has worked professionally in the New Zealand art scene for more than 35 years. He says the standard and variety of artworks entered in this year’s Estuary Artworks is very high. “When artists are working toward a certain theme, such as conservation, it’s quite a challenge,” he says. “It means they have to create good art, but it has to be relevant and they can’t just enter anything, so it raises the bar. “The work also has to be interesting and authentic to its creator’s art practice.” Mr Garrett says he was looking for something special when choosing the fnalists. “When you see artwork in the fesh, it has a power and magic,” he says. “Being the judge of an art contest is a very personal and subjective experience. It comes down to what I fnd really interesting. “I’m interested in works that provoke or challenge us and shift our thinking. “It was obvious which ones stood out in a very powerful way.” The Estuary Artworks exhibition runs at the public arts centre at 35 Uxbridge Road, from March 15 to April 26. It opens with a preview and awards ceremony at 6.30pm this Thursday. Entry is free.
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