Hawera Water Tower Celebrates Centenary

Hawera Water Tower Celebrates Centenary

Friday, March 28, 2014

A crowd of about 200 turned up to the Hawera Water Tower grounds on Tuesday morning to officially open the centenary celebrations.

 

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop kicked off the celebrations with a speech that reviewed the history of this 100-year-old landmark.

 

"After a disastrous fire on 28 April 1912 that destroyed the Central Hotel and the McGruer Bone premises on the corner of High and Union Streets, insurers demanded a better fire-fighting supply in the town," he said. "The plan was for a 166 foot tower with a 100,000 gallon reservoir and work was completed on 23 March 1914."

 

The Water Tower has continued to be the most prominent feature of Hawera’s streetscape. "There have been many activities associated with it - the most adventurous and daring were hand stands on the balcony - very scary and not recommended!"

 

Judith Brewer, whose grandfather was one of the Hawera councillor’s that made the decision to build the Water Tower, was there to help cut the cake.

 

Pictured: Left former South Taranaki Mayor, Mary Bourke stands with current Mayor Ross Dunlop in front of a replica water tower cake.