Hokitika Lions Club

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Tambo Ramp

The gravel has been delivered to site

Pete Nancekivell starts today with shaping and tidying – specifications as per council

Jeff Evans Plumbers has cut the new access point

Jim Butzbach will start today repairing the old access point on the sea side

Crowleys will be asked to view the site and have input into where the anchor gets put

Rob Daniel is shaping the wooden bollards we’ll be using to increase the height of the wall around the deck to meet current safety requirements (1.1m barrier needed, it’s currently 700mm)

Daryl Crocker has a ships wheel which he is making climate proof

The wooden name plates are being repaired at WIHP

The wooden frame is being repaired and repainted – Jim Butzbach

Photo shows current view from Southside – still a concrete boat on the horizon

Also photo of new access point and ramp and the cut to the concrete

Tambo Update – Access Reinstated

The Tambo is a joint Heritage Hokitika – Lions project started in 1993. The access is an urgent issue with tourists and local climbing onto the structure using logs as ‘ladders’ – this does have significant liability issues for Heritage Hokitika, Lions and council. Council has therefore asked that the access be reinstated a.s.a.p. by the groups responsible for the project. Paul (Tanka) Davidson from Dept of Conservation produced 2 access options for the Tambo First option a large wooden structure (high cost) Second option shown in attached drawing – a gravel pathway leading to the boat on the RIVER side This will mean making a new entrance way and closing the original entrance Tanka also pointed out that the 700mm height of the wall above the deck height is 400mm too low based on current building regulations This has been confirmed by the building department and a plan approved – this involves wooden bollards inside the boat with rope between the bollards as shown in attached sketch The attached drawing represents the project plan given approval by council staff and mayor Last year the club approved $1000 towards redoing the access – Pete Nancekivell never invoiced us for his interrupted work. The mayor has arranged various companies to donate dirt. WestRoads will donate gravel for the pathway Henry Adams will donate top soil suitable for planting (from Patterson dig-out) for the sloping sides which will also be planted using plants from the high school (planting date will be advised once the pathway is in place) Pete Nancekivell will do the actual work with his business safety plans etc. Club to cover costs with already agreed $1000 Jeff Evans Plumbers will cut the new access into the concrete once the pathway is in place – donated Rob Daniel (Heritage Hokitika) will redo the areas of rotten wooden in the surround and prepare the wooden bollards for insertion – he has asked for Lions help with the actual installation Jim Butzbach has removed the rusted flag pole and other items to start preparing them for repainting. He is also willing to apply another layer of mortar to repair the concrete where the wire is exposed or concrete otherwise damaged.

Oscar Bottom Cenotaph

Heritage Hokitika Inc, in association with the Hokitika Westland Returned & Services Association, request the pleasure of your members’ company for the re-dedication of the Oscar Bottom cenotaph, in recognition of your assistance in fundraising for this project.

The event will take place at Stafford Cemetery, 12 kms north of Hokitika on Saturday 12th November 2016 at 11:00 am.

Due to the very limited parking available at the cemetery site we request that attendees who are able to walk up the hill to park along one side of Stafford Loop Rd at the base of the hill and walk up. Should anyone have mobility problems we will provide transfers or a mobility parking space if we are informed ahead of time.

The unveiling ceremony will be followed by refreshments at the new RSA club rooms, Sewell St, Hokitika.

Please send your RSVP response, with numbers for catering purposes, by 28th October 2016.

Rehanging the Gates

WIHP has received permission from WDC to proceed with the repair of the grave surrounds at Stafford Cemetery. If you’re available to help tighten nuts and bolts and hold bits of machinery on Sunday 31 August from 9am – the help would be appreciated. There is also a possibility that the gates will be hung as well – they should be back from Gray Bros today and then just need to be painted. This assumes it’s just showers and not torrential rain on Sunday …..


Linda Dyzel has just transferred $1484.00 to the LifePod fundraiser – money from sale of the recycled paper cards – an outstanding effort You will recall that she suggested the fundraiser August last year and the club adopted the project – with some delays caused by the wheelchair van project. It appears that the Film Festival made over $700 ($456.40 from the activities and $287 from ticket sales) and the raffle run in conjunction with the festival $868.20 Once we have all of the money banked from the various fundraisers, will send you the total amount raised – which we will then challenge other clubs to match .

Cleaning Cass Square Cenotaph’s Lead Lettering

The RSA executive  is interested in getting the lead lettering on the Cass square cenotaph more legible and have requested assistance from Lions.

The first step would be getting a cherry picker on site and inspecting the inscription

From ground level using high powered photography, it appears that the lettering is intact but discoloured – according to Thompsons Funerals

So –  approval is needed to put Lions name on a project and safety plan to present to Council. Kris Holland will be one of the volunteers conducting the inspection. He has the training to clean the lettering if appropriate and says he can do it at the time.

The Reserves and Environs Group and Heritage Hokitika are aware of the plan and have no objections.

The Cenotaph is a War Memorial and was unveiled on 11/11/1922. For the past 2 years it has been the focus of the World War One remembrance dawn services. In previous years it has been the focus of the Boys Brigade services. It is constructed from marble in the cupola style with ornamental columns. A central plinth contains the names of 212 deceased service men and women. It is not registered with Heritage NZ and also is not listed in the District Plan i.e. does not require resource consent.

I have a cherry picker coming next week to access my roof, so it would be available free of charge towards the end of next week hence the request for approval now rather than waiting for the next business meeting. Or we can wait for the business meeting, but then there would be a charge associated with the cherry picker use.

We have previously assisted RSA with various projects such as ANZAC parade, fundraising for hall etc

There is no cost to Lions for this and it does fit within Lions remit of community service.

Please let me know asap if you have any objections. The safety plan could be completed under another groups name if there are any objections, however assistance has been requested of Lions and it is therefore appropriate for Lions to consider it.

A photo of some of the inscription is attached. The black is hopefully discolouration rather than absent lead.

Cleaning completed

Photos taken from ground level
Not all discolouration was able to be removed – and it will recur due to impurities in the lead, so we will see how long it lasts for.

Stafford Cemetery 2016

Waiting for Council to approve the gate renovation project which will be mostly completed by WIHP as a stipulation is to repair the gates rather than replace them Metalwork around gravesides We need to identify which gravesides we are able to repair, contact the relatives if possible for permission or provide the site names to council for approval. Mike Keenan has provided a grave map prepared by Mary Rooney and Anne Bills from Hokitika Museum He will help this Saturday 7 May at 10am with identifying the graves. The map will then be marked and distributed to various people for information around relatives. Members welcome to assist. It’s a matter of looking at the map and checking the headstones if present against the map and name lists – as well as some ‘local knowledge’