Time moves on for clock repair
After three years of getting the ‘hiccups’ and being tweaked back into life, the Havelock North town clock has undergone a time-saving operation.
Delays in being able to repair the clock were caused by the need to carry out an engineering assessment on the building before ordering the replacement, and organising delivery of the special internal workings that would fit into the original.
For nearly a year the clock has not been functioning at all, but it will now be functioning perfectly— well ahead of its 80th anniversary on June 11 next year.
The issue came to a head last year when the specialist who had been tweaking the clock advised Hastings District Council that he could do no more to keep it going, given the mechanism’s age.
He said the technology was worn out.
“All the internal mechanics and the clock faces were cracked and unable to be repaired,” a council spokesperson said.
So the hunt was on to find a company specialising in heritage-styled clock parts which would fit.
It needed to be a company capable of replacing “like for like” and the search extended across the world to France.
Havelock North company Lauranka was charged with finding the replacement. The project is costing $16,000. The suppliers have replicated the existing face and hands as close to the original as possible, with the replacement coming from Bodet, a 150-year-old French company which specialises in timepieces, including the repair of heritage clocks.
Before ordering new the new clock parts, the council took the opportunity to do an earthquake assessment of the building.
Staff were pleased to find that while some minor work was required, the building and clock meet the building code requirements.
IN PROGRESS: Work underway on the installing the newmechanism of the Havelock North clock.
TRICKY TIME: Hayden Chapman of Gemco working on the clock’s placement, last week.