Whangarei Leader : July 28th 2015
Keeping te reo alive in the North P6 Our checkout operator of the year P10 Whangarei Leader Veteran addition to car lineup Tuesday, July 28, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER DANICA MACLEAN A missing piece of the puzzle has been locked in at the Packard & Pioneer Museum in Maungatapere. The museum has secured a rare 1906 Humber Landaulette to add to its collection. The late Graeme Craw col- lected the museum’s exhibits over the course of 60 years, and had a particular interest in the Industrial Revolution and the evolution of motor cars. Museum manager Geraldine Craw, Graeme’s daughter-in-law, says they were after something made between 1900 and 1910 to fill the void between the horse and cart and their oldest car, a 1919 Packard Opera Coupe. They were contacted by David Hill from Cambridge in April. The museum did not have the money to purchase the Humber Landaulette but in the three months since it has secured a pub charity grant to purchase the vehicle. Geraldine says it is ‘‘absolutely fantastic’’ to have the car at the museum. ‘‘You can see the progression, it’s like a stagecoach with a motor.’’ She says the car will attract more people to the museum. ‘‘It’s the absolute opposite of a modern-day car. It has almost no wiring.’’ – Museum director Fenton Craw ‘‘It adds to our story.’’ The car is fully restored and fully operational. Hill spent five and a half years restoring it before selling. It is New Zealand new, and its age means it belongs to an era of cars labelled veteran – older than a vintage or classic vehicle. Geraldine says from what the museum understands, there are only around 20 1906 veteran cars in New Zealand, [beforeWWI] so it is rare to get one. Director Fenton Craw says he is pretty certain there are no other 1906 Humber Landaulettes in New Zealand. He says one of the most unique things about it is that the chassis is made of bicycle tubing. Cars produced in 1907 were made with a pressed steel chassis. Fenton says Humber also pro- duced bicycles, which explains the tubing, and shows how they were experimenting. ‘‘It’s the absolute opposite of a Packard & Pioneer Museum director Fenton Craw inside the museum’s newest attraction, a 1906 Humber Landaulette. modern-day car. It has almost no wiring,’’ he says. The car has kerosene lamps for headlights and for a tail light. ‘‘It’s a dag of a thing,’’ Fenton says. The official unveiling of the Humber Landaulette was held on Sunday. NorthTec celebrates Matariki A bumper week of Matariki celebrations is on at NorthTec. The tertiary provider is partnering with E Tu Whanau to run the events from its Raumanga Campus. Seven events – which are open to anyone – centre around the importance of whanau and are spread throughout the week. It began with a primary The week includes a range of guest speakers, including Northland MPWinston Peters. Other activities includeWaka Ama and a trivial pursuits evening. schools’ Kapa Haka day at Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae on Monday, and finishes with a Matariki buffet hosted by E Tu Whanau at the marae on Thursday. Northlanders will have the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers from within the community, including NZ First leader and Northland MP Winston Peters. Other activities include Waka Ama and a trivial pursuits evening. Soul singer Ben Ratima will be on hand to provide entertainment throughout the week. NorthTec learner support director Huhana Lyndon says the organisation is pleased to be partnering with E Tu Whanau for the Matariki celebrations. ‘‘Last year we had a great turn- out for our Matariki events, and we expect this year to be the same. It’s a time for celebrating whanau, appreciating what we have, and getting together to help our community,’’ she says. ❚ Visit northtec.ac.nz for details. Ask us about 30 *Q Card lending criteria, fees, INTEREST FREE on dental treatments $300 and over with Q Card!* HURRY - OFFER ENDS 31ST JULY 2015 SMILE BY DESIGN: Lead Dentist: Matt Ross First Floor, 120 Bank Street | Ph: 438 7300 DENT STREET DENTAL: Lead Dentist: Isobel Greensmith 129 Lower Dent Street, Town Basin | Ph: 430 0200 Whangarei terms and conditions apply. Visit lumino.co.nz for more details.
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