Onerahi shopping centre gets clock

16:00, Dec 17 2012
Onerahi Focus Group
TIMELESS PIECE: Onerahi Focus Group members John Clark, left, Vicki Fisher and Brian Currie are over the moon about the new clock.

Time is ticking along nicely thanks to a new clock in Onerahi.

It has taken a two-year community effort to get the clock in place, led by the Onerahi Focus Group.

The $18,000 free-standing clock in the shopping centre was unveiled at the Onerahi Christmas gala and parade on December 1.

Focus group chairman John Clark says it has been about six years since the clock tower owned by Onerahi Tavern has been blank.

It is now a Vodafone cellphone tower and a clock could not be reinstated on the tower for technical reasons.

But Vodafone helped contribute to the cost by arranging a huge sports auction which raised $4100.

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About $1500 was raised through cash donations from the community, $4000 from the Onerahi Community Association and $1000 from Onerahi Lions Club.

The remainder was paid for by the Whangarei District Council as part of its commitment to revamp the suburb.

Mr Clark says the design represents a breaking wave which ties to the seaside suburb and symbolises timelessness or tide and time.

The clock was the final item for the focus group to address, he says.

"It's the jewel in the crown."

Whangarei Leader