Heritage advocate Graeme Clark on top of the Brydone
Monument at Totara, south of Oamaru, after he had just replaced
the rope on the flagpole of the structure erected to
commemorate the first shipment of frozen meat from New Zealand.
A four-wheel-drive truck with hi-ab bucket from Network
Waitaki was used to gain access up Sebastapol Hill to the
memorial then to reach 15m to the top of the flagpole to
install the new rope.
''There was a small window of opportunity because access is
through a paddock which is usually sown in wheat or
sunflowers. The harvest had just been done so this was the
opportunity to get up there, as the paddock was also very
dry,'' Mr Clark, who is also vice-chairman of the North Otago
Historic Places Trust, said.
The old flag and rope had become detached from the pole.
The memorial was built in 1907, but the original flagpole
rotted and disappeared. It was replaced in 1982 with a new