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[Letter, rectangular white paper with black typed print.]

[Letter reads]

Base Commander
2nd Land Force Group
Military Camp

203 Te Moana Road

18th October 1994

Dear Sir

With reference to my telephone conversation with Lt.Colonel Heaton some time last week.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the Ngatiawa Truss Bridge Trust. I enclose herewith, detail and drawings of the Bridge at the confluence of the Ngatiawa and Waikanae river's Mangaone Road South Reikorangi.

I advise that the bridge now has an Historic Places Trust classification, and that we have a $15,000 grant from the N.Z. Lotteries Board, which according to HPT architect Chris Cochrane should cover the materials required to restore, and reinforce the bridge.

As we see it now, our only problem here is the Australian Jarra to replace some of the struts. (specifications for these are being forwarded to me by Chris Cochrane during the next few days). When i receive them I will forward a copy on to you.

If you are able to assist us, I will immediately set about finding Jarra wood, from either the NZR or by buying another bridge and having it dismantled. (I understand there are about 150 bridges, on the market, though of course their timbers may not be Jarra).

It may interest you to know that a few years back, the local Council arranged for the Fijian Army [and] built a bridge over the lower half of the Waikanae River. The men bivouaced in the area until the work was completed. I feel sure we can arrange a place to camp if you should wish us to make arrangements for your men. There is a school room close by (used now for occasional private functions), and Wilf Wright (No relation) the Chairperson of our Trust, owns the Pottery and animal park just a stones throw away. I am sure he would be helpful.

I do hope you will consider this project worthwhile, and assist us in our endeavours to preserve this lovely old bridge. Frankly you are our only hope!

Yours sincerely


[Ruth Wright Collection]

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Letter to Base Commander from Ruth WrightLetter to Base Commander from Ruth Wright