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Wyndham's road signs are safe
once more after a month-long
rampage of damage ended with
the culprit confessing.
A 17-year-old male admitted
damaging 22 road signs, a bus
shelter, and a mail box in
Wyndham between November 3
and December 5 after being
spoken to by police last week.
Constable Richard Lindsay, of
Gore, said the man admitted all
damages and faces seven charges
of wilful damage.
The man had been a sober driver
for his friends when the damages
occurred, Mr Lindsay said.
''He didn't give a reason.
''I think he regrets it now. I think
he regrets getting caught.''
While offences like this are not
common to the area, Mr Lindsay
urges sensible behaviour over the
''Look after your mates. Don't do
stupid stuff when drinking that
you're going to end up regretting
in the morning.''
Big moment: Pam Copland, left, and Jan Wards of Waikaka Valley Rural Women present Eastern Southland Museum district curator Jim Geddes with $2000 to go
towards the restoration of the Waikaka windmill and water tank. The money was raised at a special screening of the film Two Little Boys in September.
Photo: BRIDGET RAILTON 627435413
Fundraising boost for windmill restoration project but a long way still to go, writes Bridget Railton
It's an historic place --- one of
only two of its kind left in New
Zealand --- but it's missing its
most vital part.
Willowbank windmill and water
tank, at Waikaka, has been a
feature of the Eastern Southland
landscape for more than 100
But its most defining character-
istic, the head of the windmill,
has been missing since 1995
after strong winds blew the
then-inoperative mill apart.
According to the New Zealand
Historic Places Trust register,
the Willowbank windmill and
water tank is the only place in
New Zealand where a railway
windmill has been retained with
its own water tank.
This year it was upgraded to a
category one historic place but it
stands broken and desolate
without its crowning glory.
Eastern Southland Art Gallery
district curator Jim Geddes has
been campaigning for the past
six to seven years to restore the
landmark to its former dignity.
Through a range of grants and
fundraising efforts, work on
restoring the vanes on the head
of the windmill has been
completed, but the end product
is still a long way off.
The biggest issue facing the
restoration is finding a way to
replicate the tension on the mill
created by running water.
Without the tension, the head
will simply blow off again in
strong winds, he said.
An engineering assessment on
the structure of the tower also
needs to be completed to see if
the existing structure is still
About $13,000 had been spent on
the restoration project, which is
expected to cost about $60,000,
Mr Geddes said.
A fundraising evening by Wai-
kaka Valley Rural Women
earlier this year raised a further
Rural women's member Jean-
ette McIntyre said the site's
restoration was important.
''It's sad that it's just standing
there. It's such an important
part of the history of the area
and now it's just an eyesore.''
The money, which was raised at
a film evening, would go
towards replacing the tail vanes.
It's a big undertaking, but it was
worth it, she said.
''We are just losing too many old
things around here. If everyone
donates, we might not lose
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