PERSONAL RECORD. KING, DAVID. [POWER TO KARAMEA]
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Sign: Buller Electricity Power Board.
The film shows the later stages of the project that saw power connected to Karamea from Waimarie on the West Coast.
Dairy farm with diesel powered milking machines.
Intertitle: “Bush Pole erection (Mechanised). Winch on truck drags power pole through bush. Cutting pole in bush and attaching bridle. 0
“Reticulation Jinker”. Detaching a trailer from truck. Erecting jinker and towing concrete pole.
“Hole Digger & Pole Erection”. Truck with earth drill. Digging hole with the drill. Lowering pole into hole.
“Shortly after climbing his first pole”. Man tying in power line to insulator. Towing wires along next to gravel road.
“Running-out in bush”. Attaching cables in bush land.
“Stillwater access track after long dry spell”. Landrover driving along trail, bush and river, POV.
“Wiring up Stillwater”. Bulldozer in bush. Winch pulling cable through bridles off three drums. Man cutting down tree.
“Home from [Ralrino]”. Landrover.
“Karamea Bluff”. Line running through step back country. Ship to Shore rocket misfiring over gully.
“Misjudged wind. Try again”. Firing successfully over gully.
“Sagging by instrument”. Engineers using theodolite to work out the correct cable sag tension.
“More trees to drop even now.” Felling trees.
“And so on... Some Flounder wiring gear”. Cabling equipment.
“One of the four Karamea River crossings”. Towing cable across river in a canoe.
“even trees on the Reticulation”. Man up tree taking off branches.
“running out ‘LT’ Conductors”.
“And power is connected”. Motors working at the milking shed.
Reference number F21335
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA
Photography: David King