Re­stored en­gine makes his­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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