Great work

Auckland City Harbour News - - Opinion - KEN BRAD­DON Block­house Bay

It was great to read your ar­ti­cle There’s life in the old girl yet (Auck­land City Har­bour News, March 26).

I was for­tu­nate to be at Motat on one of the re­cent test days and to see this mag­nif­i­cent ma­chin­ery fi­nally re­stored to its orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion was amaz­ing.

All the hard work by Ken Poin­ton and Mike Austin and many un­named vol­un­teers over many years has fi­nally paid off.

Per­haps if the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for Motat’s re­cent fire which de­stroyed an his­toric rail­way car­riage worked at Motat they might just re­alise how im­por­tant the mu­seum’s work re­ally is.

At a re­cent su­per­vised school visit the in­ter­est and fas­ci­na­tion of many very young chil­dren who re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated what they had seen was quite ob­vi­ous – New Zealand’s his­tory and her­itage pre­served for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to nur­ture and main­tain.

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