Specialist glazier Peter Mackenzie works on the Iona Church
clock face in Port Chalmers. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Fitting 100 individually cut pieces of French-made glass
into the four sides of the Iona Church clock face was a
nerve-racking job, says the ''elated'' specialist glazier who
carried out the task.
Part of the restoration of the category 1 historic church,
the clock face has been restored with white flashed opal
glass from France.
Peter Mackenzie said the glass was cut especially for the 100
spaces, each a slightly different shape.
''It was pretty hair-raising. I didn't have a lot of [spare]
glass up my sleeve. I had to do the cutting pretty much
perfectly with no mistakes to get the job done. So it was a
The Iona Church
Fitting the glass took a couple of weeks, and was
The clock faces had been ''a bit of a mess'' previously,
because of the different types of glass that had been used
over the years.
''It looks gorgeous ... It looks absolutely heavenly,'' Mr
New dials were also sourced from France, with a fifth one
ordered in case a spare was ever needed.
In the next couple of weeks, the clock would be marking the
hours once again, after a visit from the clockmaker to
reinstall its mechanisms.