Time moves on for clock re­pair

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page -

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.

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