Operating day back on schedule



Hayes Engineering Works is gearing up for its first operating day of the year.

The facility will showcase its belt-driven ‘‘old school technical’’ processes when doors to the historic workshop operating day opens to the public on February 7.

It will mark the facility’s first operating day of the year, after its January event was cancelled when heavy rain caused flooding across parts of the district.

Curator and guide Ken Gillespie said Oturehua, where Hayes Engineering Works is based, did not escape the deluge.

He was monitoring the situation the night before the planned event.

‘‘I thought I had it under control,’’ he said.

But by morning about 30cm of water was flowing through the workshop.

It has since dried out and plans were under way to resume the facility’s popular operating day, an event which attracts up to 150 people throughout the day.

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