Tasman Leader : July 4th 2013
9 THE TASMAN LEADER, JULY 4, 2013 NEWS • Sale and Purchase of Commercial Properties • Leases • Family Trusts Jon Tidswell -- Commercial Yellow Pages House, 2nd floor, 190 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010 M 027 222 6607 | E firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 03 539 0210 i Fax 03 539 0215 i www.hflaw.co.nz Hamish.Fletcher Lawyers Jon Tidswell LLB BA 5362524AB Don't just advertise on your back door step, reach the wider community by advertising in both our Nelson Leader and Tasman Leader reaching 56,000* people every week *Nielsen media Two Year Regional Readership (2 years to Dec 2012) all people 15+ IF YOU SQUINT YOU CAN SEE 5463425AA N EL SON THEY ARE YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS Christine Cook Christine Cook 'A trusted name in Real Estate' 544 8778 Licensee Salespeople (RRAA 2008) Bridge key to community Bridging the Motueka: Fourth generation Ngatimoti resident Jennifer Beatson on the Peninsula Bridge. The community will mark the bridge's 100th year on Saturday. Photo: HELEN MURDOCH By HELEN MURDOCH On Saturday Ngatimoti residents will celebrate the structure which helped form their community. One hundred years ago The Colon- ist reported the opening of the Penin- sula Bridge would provide a much needed convenience for settlers liv- ing across the river who had hitherto been practically living in isolation''. With the school, store and church on the east bank and bowling green and tennis courts on the west, at the turn of last century Ngatimoti was a community divided until the bridge was finally completed after 27 years of wrangling and a rebuild driven by a massive flood which washed away the planned, but never replaced, middle third pier. The bridge was redesigned as a swing bridge. If you look down in the water you can still see its outline,'' said fourth generation Jennifer Beatson, whose relative, Lt Col Cyprian Bridge Brereton, was one of those officiating at the opening ceremony. Her father, Guthrie Beatson, said the family shifted to the pretty valley farm beside the river 113 years ago when his grandfather and his brother bought the block of farm- land. In the days prior to the bridge's construction west bank Ngatimoti settlers looked across the river to the school, the hall, a shop, and the creamery on the eastern bank. They had to row across the river. Grandfather had a trap shed on the eastern side from where he could ride the horse across, and he had a row boat -- building the bridge was pretty essential.'' Before it was built west bank landowners could only cross at what was then known as the Ngatimoti Bridge, and today as the Pokororo swing bridge, which was built in 1894, or the original Alexander Bluff Bridge, which opened in 1905. Generally people stayed home if there was any sort of flood. There used to to be a rock in the river above the rapids and if you could see that you could ride a horse across.'' Guthrie said the bridge was plan- ned to be built in a site lower down the river, but the bottom could not be found. Part of Peninsula Rd, from the West Bank Rd intersection had been formed to lead directly to the bridge site. An upstream change in location saw the road veer to the right, though land exchanged by the Beat- sons, and to the current bridge site. Waimea County was supposed to swap us with riverside land beside the farm, and lift its reserve desig- nation. It never did -- it's been a bit of a bone of contention since,'' Guthrie said. Jennifer said Saturday's gathering would start at Ngatimoti Hall at 2.30pm and include a procession to the bridge, speeches, story telling, a blessing and the laying of plaques. A community pot luck dinner would be held at the hall at the end of the day.
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