I may have mentioned that I know nowt about geology. However, my brother-in-law, Andrew Coleman, is an actual geologist and has very kindly written this brief introduction to the wonders of Waitaki’s geology.Read More
People love climbing and clambering over rocks – not to mention a good photo opportunity. ‘Have you been to Elephant Rocks?’ Mike asks. I have. ‘Moeraki boulders?’ Yep.
It seems I’m a geotourist.Read More
On the evening of 30th September 1918, the mayor, Mr Robert Milligan, presided over a small ceremony at the power house in Chelmer Street. After the inevitable speeches, Mrs Mitchell turned the tap, allowing water to enter the Pelton wheel casing. A few moments later, the master switch was thrown and electricity circulated round Oamaru for the first time.Read More
The near-replica Pelton wheel has been taken apart, sand blasted and coated, piece by piece. A few of the smaller components are in Bruce's workshop, still in their grey primer, waiting for the gloss coat which will finish them off beautifully. This will be Bruce’s masterpiece.Read More
'You must ask Prince Charles to perform the official opening,' I said. Dot had told me before how she met the Prince on a trip to England and had told him about the castle. 'Seriously - write to him and ask. I'm sure he'd be interested!'Read More
I finally have a copy of the book in my hands. I called in to see Toni Hayman, Operations Manager at Publishers Distribution when I was in Auckland, and she kindly handed over my very own copy.
I opened it at random and found a typo.Read More
Allan Dick, lifelong journalist, founder of NZ Today magazine and curator of the Facebook page, 'Oamaru Today', has read Penguins under the Porch. Here's what he said about it:
YOU ARE INVITED . . . .
I have just finished reading David Harbourne's book, "Penguins Under the Porch". It is a remarkable book by a Yorkshireman who stumbled across Oamaru four years or so ago while on a NZ tour with his daughter. Inspired by his brief time here, he decided to return, spend several weeks here and write a book about this place.
The result is a captivating read and a book that should be on the shelf of every Oamaruvian.
In his time here, I got to know David and I was left breathless by the energy he put into researching his material — meeting people and not afraid to ask questions.
The book follows a format of a chapter that looks at why such and such a thing happened in Oamaru, blended with chapters on Oamaru and its people as he sees them today. It is not a history book. It is not confrontational, it doesn't address "issues" — it is simply a bloody good yarn about this place that we live in — and love.
"Penguins Under the Porch" is available now at Paper Plus, but also come along and meet David at the library [on 31 May].
He's a lovely bloke and I promise you — you will love his book.
Thanks, Allan - cheers!
The founding fathers believed Oamaru had unlimited potential, and boy did they put someone else's money where their mouths were.Read More
I breathed in the heady aroma of penguin shit, which reminded me of chicken sheds back home. One of the simple pleasures of life.Read More
The muttonbird was served on a pretty vintage plate with wilted spinach and roast new potatoes. The waitress also brought a bowl of water with a slice of lemon and a tea towel. I drank the water straight away, dried the bowl with the tea towel and got on with my dinner.Read More