The Salmond Report had recommended that the pumphouse be considered as an item of considerable significance. This meant that it should preserved and protected as long as there was no conflict with the conservation of item of higher significance. Any maintenance, stabilisation, restoration, reconstruction, or reinstatement should comply with the ICOMOS charter.
Under the ICOMOS charter our project would be considered reconstruction, which would allow the use of modern materials. However, we made the decision to use materials similar to the original materials so that the completed project was as close to the original as possible. So the next step was to source native timber for the framework and replacement power pole.
An approach was made to the Far North District Council for assistance regarding supplies of native timbers from other projects. However, the FNDC agreed to fund the supply of new timber for the project and supplied contact details for a contractor. So, we had a supply of native timbers for the project.
Corrugated iron cladding was donated for the project. While this had been used, it was in fairly good condition and would suit the project well. New lead-headed nails were found for fixing the cladding and a supply purchased. Finally, somewhere to get the pump and bore assessed and restored was found. The project could now begin.
The first step was to remove the pump and pressure vessel. The pump rod could then be withdrawn from the bore for assessment of the viabilty of the bore. Luckily the pump rod was intact and the bore was in good condition. The old pumphouse could now be removed. While the pump and pressure vessel were taken away for restoration, work rapidly moved ahead.