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Porter Family Album. Construction of Wairoa Dam. Construction of Wairoa Dam Wairoa Dam is a water supply dam in the Otau Valley in the Hunua Ranges southeast of Auckland. It was built by the Auckland Regional Authority and is now owned by its successor Watercare Services Ltd. History Design Construction Photos: Tunneling Dam Construction Valve Tower Valve Tower Bridge Delivery Pipeline Finishing Spillway Spillway Model Lake Clearance Moumoukai It was built in the early 1970's.

Thanks to Graeme Doherty and Huia Mitchell for contributions. There are four other dams in the ranges. The site is open to the public in daylight hours. there are toilet facilities for visitors. The brochure produced for the opening (thumbnails). The Dam on Google Maps: View Wairoa Dam in a larger map A Little History: Wairoa Dam was originally intended to be the fourth dam in the ranges. Design: The design was lead by the ARA water department design engineer, Don Wilson.

Construction: The pictures following are all thumbnails. Tunneling: Dam Construction: Valve Tower: Robert Law  - Auckland Star. - he sold insurance to the next-door bank staff. Robert Gilmore Bob Law's only voiced regret on quitting National Mutual [3] after 45 years is that not until too late did he think of including a small swimming pool in the piazza in the now-finishing National Mutual Centre in Shortland St.

"It's a late pipedream. I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I should have thought of it long ago after watching outdoor ice-skating in Rockefeller Cen­tre. National Mutual Auckland manager since 1958, Bob Law won his employer's approval for the investing of $65 million in policyholders' funds in more than 60 com­mercial buildings. The Shortland St centre is costing $10 million ("My main direction to the archi­tects was to get away from raw concrete and to create a plaza children would enjoy"). $11 m stake National Mutual's stake in the Wiri shopping centre, biggest in New Zealand and part of the Manukau, city centre, is $11 million.

The big spender of others' money was born poor. ROBBY THE ROBOT FAN SITE. Some images: Toys Pretty cute! Movie Posters How come the hero always gets the blonde? - anyway its all in the poster painter's mind - not a scene in the movie. Toy Boxes: Sex to sell toys? Then in the 60's there was Dr Who. Daleks weren't a patch on Robby - No legs for a start, let alone the whirly bits. Leaving more to the imagination was the BBC serial Journey Into Space, of the mid 1950's also. Here's a fragment from that (Click > to play) My other space fantasy of the 50's was Dan Dare in the British comic Eagle.

The Biggles-like space spin-off, also by W E Johns, starting with Kings of Space, was part of my reading too, but I preferred Biggles. Publicity Shot Who's got better legs, Robby or Anne Francis? I first saw the movie in the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin, New Zealand - - I would have been 11. Blew me away! It was only years later I found it was a cult movie. My eldest son is Robert - called Robbie - I wonder.......... MGM having created him had to use him some more. NZSS Co Ship Remuera. Thanks to all the people who have contributed information to this site - more is always welcome. History:1911- 1940 11,445 tons, Twin Screw, Triple expansion engines, 502x62 ft.Built 1911 by W Denny at Dumbarton for the New Zealand Shipping Company, Official No 124590. Launched by Mrs Arthur Rhodes, 31.05.1911.

Newspaper storyCargo and passenger ship, 60 first class berths, 90 second and 130 third class. "Order 6 April 1910 / launch 31 May 1911 / left 22 August / delivered 8 September 1911 Final price £176,102 9s 4d. " (P. Plowman 1981, Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand Vol 1, Collins, Auckland.)

" ‘burnt edge’ or ‘the burnt hem of a garment’. When the ship was built it was a suburb with a built up southern area near the railway and northern slopes with large houses interposed with some remaining farmland. Remuera as it was about the time RMS Remuera was launched Photographs: More pics: Source1913 3rd class embarkation notice. Another Account of the Sinking. Jaguar Mark II. My Sites > Jaguar Cars of the 1950s and 60s All right, this page is really about that most beautiful of saloon Jags, the Mark II.

Listed here are the smaller saloon models Jaguar produced in the period, including the Mark II proper. The model list brings out the features which distinguish other model Jaguars of the period from the Mark II. THE MODELS:Mark II and other Jaguar saloons of like size of its era. Then of course there are some Daimler badged cars of the Jaguar models, and with a different engines Sorting the Models (Hotpoint Linked) . Poll Result: Favourite Smaller Saloon Jaguar Like this page? Great White Fleet in Auckland New Zealand. Home > Great White Fleet The Great White Fleet cruised the world in 1907/09. It was an exercise in demonstrating the USA's arrival as a naval power, and typical of the style of the then President - Theodore Roosevelt - a hero of the Spanish - American war.

He was President 1901-1909. The fleet left US territory - Hawaii - for New Zealand and after the longest leg in the world circling voyage, anchored in Auckland on August 9 1908. . * Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The crews were all male - a great contrast to the fleet crews of today. On August 15, the fleet sailed for Sydney, Australia. The fleet was equipped with radio and made pioneering broadcasts - see though the first trans-Tasman radio communication had been made earlier that year. US Admiral Sperry with Joseph Ward, New Zealand Prime Minister The Parliamentary train prior to leaving Wellington to meet the fleet.

In Auckland Harbour Thumbnails: Alan Cobham in Darwin. My Sites > Cobham in Darwin Alan Cobham at Darwin In 1926 Alan Cobham flew from Britain to Melbourne Australia and back in a DH50, G-EBFO. It was the third flight from Britain to Australia and the first return flight (1). Cobham was knighted on his return for this and other pioneering flights. The aircraft could alternately be a floatplane of a landplane. His first stop in Australia was Darwin and he called there on the return journey. The photos here record both stops. . (1) It was not the first return trip from Europe. The following set of photographs were found tipped into a photo album left by Doris Lambert, who died in Auckland in 1978.

Fortunately most of the prints were very sharp and have allowed the enlargements here. Cigarette card of the DH 50. Mindl BeachView Larger Map The Cobham trip dates, 1926: Route out and back - from Australia and Back (thumbnail) Mail from the return trip Baghdad- London 1926 Playing card celebrating the two 1926 flights. Law Trips. Garry Law's New Zealand Archaeology Page. Maruiwi Press, Historical, heritage and archaeological publications. Tiki Page - A guide to the New Zealand Maori jade pendants. Tiki or heitiki are traditional ornaments created by Maori, the Polynesian first settlers of New Zealand. The material they are most commonly made from is nephrite, a stone related to jade, found in several places in New Zealand's South Island. It is called pounamu in Maori, greenstone in common New Zealand English.

The Maori name for the South Island, Te Wai Pounamu, refers to the stone. There are traditional accounts for the creation of the stone which relate it to the children of Tangaroa. You can see some portraits of 19th century Maori wearing tiki here. The stone is both hard and tough and made good edge tools. It is also a beautiful stone - classed as semi-precious - and quite variable as to this character within and between sources (e.g.)

Some traditional tiki in bone and ivory exist, made from whale bone or teeth, but as bone tiki are now commonly made for commercial trade, a bone tiki found in a shop is more likely to be recent and of cow bone. Some sites to visit.

Stamp, postcard and philatelic sites