A 14-tonne gun turret from a ship used during battle in World War II has been restored and is now on display in Maungatapere.
Work on the gun from the HMNZS Achilles, a Leander-class light cruiser famous for its role in the Battle of the River Plate, has been completed at the Packard and Pioneer Museum.
"The rot has been stopped. Effectively the turret has been saved," said museum manager Richard Easton.
The project was accomplished thanks to cash or donations of labour and materials by Pub Charity, Rudolphs Sandblasting and Coatings, Yovich Engineering, The Four Winds Trust, Atlas Cranes, and others. Mr Easton said had the museum had to pay for the full cost of the restoration it would have "run into the tens of thousands".
"Thanks to all the people who came on board with it to help with the restoration, this World War II gun turret has been saved for ever," he said.