Our Heritage – IRIRANGI

You will all be aware from past correspondence that Frank Lewis has been working with Heritage New Zealand on having HMNZS IRIRANGI become part of the NZ Heritage List.   He has been in contact recently and it is obvious that further research is currently being carried out and they are working through Frank’s nomination application. It is a slow process however things are looking good. Frank quotes from their letter “Your nomination is considered to be a good candidate for entry on the List for its potential to enhance knowledge of New Zealand’s history, specifically promoting awareness of the important role that the station and its staff played in the international military communications network during wartime and it subsequent commission as HMNZS Irirangi”. We have now been allocated a List Number 9769 and Site Reference P172166.  Recent discussions also indicate that they will also include Transmitters in the application. So we just wait.  Below are copies of the letters.   Thanks Frank L for all your work.

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4 Responses to Our Heritage – IRIRANGI

  1. Bob Autridge says:

    great work Frank goood luck with this as it certainly is deserving of heritage status
    Gene Autridge

  2. Mike Catlow says:

    This is a good thing before history is forgotten. I decided to pass through Waiouru on one trip north and see my old Naval married accommodation house in Carrs Crescent and Ballance Road and get a photo. It was all gone – nothing but roads and green grass – you would never have known it was once thriving with families. Goes to show how things fade away….

  3. John Bullock says:

    To make an extra few dollars between shifts, some of us used to have one of the few civil jobs available in Waiouru, e.g. barman at the OBJ, farm work, working for “Tiger Woods” (ex-Chief RM) cutting wood, shovelling and delivering Huntly coal to the “then” Waiouru township. Shovelling this coal from a full railway wagon into sacks following a night shift was something to look forward too!

  4. Jim D says:

    Scouse Newell and I shovelled coal for Trevor Woon (ex-LRM). From memory, a railway wagon held 20 tons of coal and I can’t remember how much we were paid per bag. 20 hundredweight equalled one ton. To say that we were knackered at the end of emptying the wagon, would be an understatement. Bill Fraser (PORM) and self painted farm houses and their workers’ homes and the BP station and owner’s (Bob Ericksen) house on the Main Road.

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