Pictorial Parade no. 126
National Film Unit, 1962
Back in 1958 Jack Henderson: senior traffic instructor for the Otago Southland area, initiated the Dunedin Road Safety Cycling School. Run every Saturday morning its purpose is to give children a thorough grounding in safe cycling and the road code. Certificates are given when practical and oral tests have been passed. Cycles have been provided by donations and several business firms have helped Jack Henderson's worthwhile scheme. To steer with one hand and signal with the other the children are given the apple test. Here they had to snatch the Apple off the stick while riding correctly . Since the school started in 1958 approximately 1600 children have graduated.
Jack Henderson takes his spare time occupation very seriously and with good reason. In 1961, 14 young cyclists between the ages of five and fifteen were killed and another 700 injured . The Dunedin Road Safety Cycling School is a practical effort to reduce the heavy toll of cycle accidents. We've been getting coal from the Waikato for a hundred years but none of the miners who went down to work through these shafts dreamt that one day the water above them in lake Kimihia would be drained away and the coal removed by large surface machines. At Kimihia the lake is being drained in strips and each strip sealed off by stopbanks .
This cutter-rig[?] is sucking up silt and clay from the sides and bottom of the lake and pumping it ashore through a floating pipeline where the earth will be used for building up the stopbanks.
In one hour it dredges a hole big enough to contain a three-storey house A giant excavator strips away the remaining rock when the waters been pumped out and the section sealed off. It loads the spoil into carry-alls which are building up a new series of stopbanks for the next stage of draining. It's a continuous process. The mud and rubble of the lake has been removed and coal which was once inaccessible lies exposed now it is only to be taken away. Although this opencast mine has been in operation for 17 years , coal from the exposed scene still comes away at the rate of 500 tonnes a day .
In places the coalface is nearly 30 feet thick. The finer coal or slack will be used by the nearby dairy factories and the Meremere Power Station the larger lumps will be sent to the cities for coal ranges and ordinary fires. Kimihia the Waikato lakebed coal mine is one of New Zealand's biggest producers. Wallpaper manufacturers have to satisfy a great variety of tastes. Some clients like to bring the garden right into their home , climbing roses with or without trellis work. Take your choice One thing most people agree about and that's the need for colour. Pour it in and let the machine do the rest. But there's one thing the machine can't do. and that is make the rollers that reproduce the designs. That's strictly an expert's job. Whether it's dots or dashes stripes or silver birches there will be as many as nine rollers each contributing some colour and pattern to the complete design. Every industry has its craftsmen . Men who prefer to produce handmade and individually designed merchandise wallpaper making is no exception . This is the silkscreen way. Slow and exclusive. Artists, craftsmen and machines are all playing their parts in this expanding industry
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