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Heritage sign installed at port entrance

September 12th, 2017
[by Coralie Smith]

The Port Motueka entrance at George Quay has been improved further with the installation of a heritage sign describing the 100-year history of the port.

This adds to the developments over the past two years by Keep Motueka Beautiful on the botany, car park and visitor amenities, and the large "Arrivals and Departures" sculpture promised soon by the Motueka Arts Council.

The Motueka and Districts Historical Association commissioned Image Creators 12 months ago to create a heritage sign to be placed somewhere in the region of the Motueka Wharf, following on from the publication of their very successful book Motueka Wharf 100 Years launched in 2014.

Working with Keep Motueka Beautiful and the Tasman District Council on where was the best place for the sign took some time but the Historical Association is very happy to announce that the sign is now up for viewing and looking good.

The final position makes it easy for the person on foot to view the photographs chosen to give an overview of wharf activity and the brief history outline that sums up the major periods of change.

Andy Lowe of Image Creators has added his flair in creating something suitable for a period piece right down to the stressed painting of the timber frame that makes it look as if it has always been there.

You can peer round the sign looking east to the hills to see where the main wharf was, and look behind at the circular garden to the nor'west to imagine the Motueka Coolstore that stood there for over 50 years.

Those with vivid imaginations can see the ghosts of ships of old that plied the channel and hear the thump, thump, thump of the diesel engines.

Old sailors can regale anyone who wants to listen with stories of their time on board those boats whether they were fishing boats, pleasure boats or ships carrying freight to and from the wharf.

There is something there for everyone and the Historical Association hopes the many locals who visit the wharf area will enjoy learning more as well as the many tourists who are just passing by.

Comment by Paul Mosley:
[Posted 17 September 2017]

Congratulations to the Historical Association for a very fine addition to the George Quay viewpoint. This is just the sort of feature that is needed in Motueka to provide points of interest for visitors - and fill out residents' knowledge about the town we live in. Thank you.

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