Kaiwaka Bugle Article - 7 August 2012
Mountain Road Work Camp: Tim Magill has a vision
Tim Magill of Barnbuilders, Kaiwaka, has a vision for the 70 acre historically significant block below the monument at Mountain Road, just north of Kaiwaka.
A tramway in the 1890's took massive kauri logs from and around Mt. Pukekaroro, through this block and down into Stewarts Bay. It must have been pleasing to see the hug stumps floating after all that graft, mud and slog.
Tim says, "I enjoyed the Jane Maunder books; I have been involved in construction and local sawmilling. Our Barnbuilders operation has worked to become Northlands (pole and timber) farm building specialists. And I am often asked by locals if we have any jobs. So this plan, this vision, starts to evolve ... We can get some keen unemployed through a carpentry course, we can help them to keep working, learning and helping with the widely predicted labour shortage in Christchurch and Auckland ... and/or help to build .. OUR FUTURE FROM THE PAST!"
He sees a live-in training centre based on this block of land and says, "Work, building with timber and planting and looking after native bush, that this historical piece of Kaiwaka can once again bristle with activity. We would hope that live-in camp would help with transport hassles. Whilst training we want trainees to learn by doing, aiming for workers huts and amenities, a tramway system with carriages, a wharf, rental huts amongst bust throughout proporty, commercial or residential 'shacks'."
Although funding and consents for the whole project will no doubt take time, the workshop is getting underway shortly. Barnbuilders, plus the Training Institute will operate from the Mountain Road Work Camp. The trainees will pay low rent for the simple yet stylish, trainee constructed camp. Tim believes this project fits the block very well and to train workers will be satisfying. The grander aspects (tramway and wharf) will take time, but the whole completed scheme will be unique, newsworthy, of interest to tourists and the many of us with sawdust in our veins.