Restored engine makes history
Motat’s historical beam engine has scooped a prestigious heritage award.
The 132-year-old engine, housed in the historical pumphouse at Motat in Western Springs, and the neighbouring engineer’s cottage received the 2009 Unesco Asia-Pacific Heritage award of merit at a ceremony last month.
The awards recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations in successfully restoring structures of heritage value in their region.
Motat director Jeremy Hubbard says to be the only building in New Zealand to receive the award is a fantastic achievement.
“The 2009 Unesco awards include buildings from China, Thailand and Korea so for us to walk away with an award is great,” Mr Hubbard says.
The pumphouse, built in 1877, houses the beam engine which used to pump two million gallons of water every day from Western Springs Lake to Auckland homes and businesses.
Motat restored the building in 2002 and the engine was restored to working condition last year.