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T car enthusiasts
breeze into town
of the New
rally to be
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Haumoana couple Colin and Judy
Barnes love driving their T car, a
replica MG, all year round in
Hawke s Bay with the top down.
However, the two members of
the New Zealand T Car Club, for
those who enjoy wind in the hair
motoring, warn that open-air
touring is not always glamorous.
In the movies you always see
the women s hair streaming back
perfectly, but that s not reality,
said Mrs Barnes with a wry smile.
A hat is a must, otherwise your
hair does get in your face. It actu-
ally blows forward.
The couple hate to leave their
replica MG collecting dust in the
garage and use it as their week-
end car year-round.
Regardless of the season, they
say it has to be raining pretty
hard for them not to go open-air
touring around the Bay.
You re okay if you keep moving
-- the rain goes over the top of the
car, Mr Barnes said.
The Barnes will be hoping for
Hawke s Bay s glorious summer to
continue next week when 30 fel-
low members of the T Car Club
arrive for the group s annual
three-day rally, starting on Febru-
Most cars are 1955 MG TF rep-
licas. The Barnes have the distinc-
tion of owning the first MG T rep-
lica built by Aucklander Russell
Cooper, which they bought in
To build the Barnes ole #1 T
Car, Cooper used a 1965 Triumph
Herald as the donor for the chas-
sis and motor.
We never pretend it s anything
other than what it is -- a replica,
Mrs Barnes said. But to own the
first is a bit special.
Mr Barnes said driving a rep-
lica had its advantages.
Unlike owners of real MGs, we
can drive our replica anywhere
and we don t have to be so worried
about damaging an expensive
The self-confessed Art Deco
devotees had organised the club s
rally so members from other parts
of the country could get a taste of
the region s Art Deco festivities.
T Car club members will spend
three days touring the region s
roads, while also taking in the Art
Deco sights of Napier, attending a
depression dinner, performing a
radio play with Art Deco icon Ber-
tie and watching 1930s silent
movies on a Chips n Flicks
During the rally, the replica
cars can be viewed at:
Waipawa mid-morning on
Rush Munroe s in Hastings mid-
afternoon on Tuesday.
Outside F.G. Smith Eatery in
Ahuriri, Napier, on Wednesday
Bay dam tipped to tap into $80m
By DIANE JOYCE
The news that central government
has agreed to partially bankroll
regional irrigation schemes has
Hawke s Bay Regional Council
Government announced last
Wednesday that it had $80 million
earmarked for irrigation invest-
ment in the next 12 months.
Its role would be as a minority
bridging investor for a short
period -- paid back as private
investors came on board.
Though the Government did not
name specific projects or regions
likely to get funding, IrrigationNZ
put Hawke s Bay in the top four
projects likely to benefit.
Water projects in Hawke s Bay,
Tasman, Canterbury and Otago
are likely to be considered this
year, chairman John Donkers
Regional council chief executive
Andrew Newman said there was
still a lot of work to do , before
the region s dam got the go-ahead.
He said the Hawke s Bay pro-
posal was further along the road
than others around New Zealand.
In December the regional coun-
cil made a decision to go ahead
with the consent phase of its pro-
ject and look for potential private
A final decision on whether to
build the dam would be made by
The council believed the dam
would enable 25,000 hectares of
Central Hawke s Bay land to be
intensively farmed and clean up
the polluted Tukituki River.
Mr Newman said the establish-
ment of the new Government com-
pany and earmarking of funding
was welcome news.
A large project like this needs a
number of investors and this
decision demonstrates the econ-
omic value the Government places
on water storage projects such as
the Ruataniwha scheme, he said.
Mr Donkers said the Govern-
ment initiative recognised that
though the cost of irrigation had
traditionally fallen on farmers,
the benefits of a healthy rural sec-
tor benefited whole economies.
Having a Government-owned
company invest in the initial
stages takes the pressure off small
communities to find that kind of
The benefits for regional New
Zealand can t be underestimated,
Mr Donkers said.
The funds would be held by a
Government company to act as a
bridging investor for water infra-
In 2011 the Government sig-
nalled plans to invest up to $400m
in regional-scale schemes to
encourage third-party capital
investment. Cabinet had now
directed that $80m be set aside in
this year s Budget for the initial
stages of the company s operation.
Making the announcement, Pri-
mary Industries Minister David
Carter said well-designed storage
and irrigation infrastructure had
the potential to deliver significant
He said the Government s
financial input should encourage
The Crown-owned company
will be a minority investor in any
development project, and it will
also plan to be a relatively short-
term investor, Mr Carter said.
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