10/30/09

Hawera Water Tower

Hawera is the second-largest city in Taranaki and it's name means 'burnt place' in Maori because of many fires due to Maori tribal wars. Because of these fires, insurers demanded the water tower was built in the middle of town in 1914 and now is a tourist attraction. It is 54 meters high and is made of 1340 tons of hand-mixed concrete.





This picture was taken through the window on one of the higher levels.


10 comments:

J Bar said...

Awesome building.
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Louise said...

Beautiful.What an impressive structure.

eileeninmd said...

Great photos for skywwatch. And I love the bird peaking the the litle hole?

VioletSky said...

Such an ornate water tower. No wonder the pigeons like to hang out there!

texasdaisey said...

Very cool pictures! I love the one of the bird looking thru the peep hole and the one looking up at the sky with the tower in the pic.
Great job.
Debbie

lazyphotog said...

Really nice photos. I like the one with the bird looking through the hole. Nice.

Marites said...

that's a very interesting building. I like it that you told us the story behind it. I like your last photo..that's a cool capture! My Skywatch is here.

PS : De-abbreviate as you like ;) said...

loved the last one a lot !!!

Jeve (aka John and Steve) said...

Wow! Great photos and perfect timing on that last shot betty.

Appalachian Lady said...

What a sturdy structure--can see that would never burn. Nice photos.