The Council is probably involved in getting the art on the utility boxes, have a look around their website to see if there is a contact for the arts programme.
My daughter took part in the Hamilton City public art project for utility boxes. We did the traffic lights control box by the Innes Common netball courts on Forest Lake road. The council pulled the funding and laid off the co-ordinator about 5 years ago.
From Herald, same article. It has flown some interesting sorties in its time, and the final trip will certainly not be a dull one for the last complete Avenger torpedo bomber in NZ. The folding wing aircraft has been a display piece at Hamilton Te Rapa air force base since retiring from active duties in 1959. Now someone has decided to give it a place of honour at the RNZAF historical centre in Wigram, Christchurch. It is perhaps sad that after such a colourful career including WW 2 action in the Pacific theatre with 30 and 31 Squadrons and duty as a target-towing plane the last trip for the Avenger bomber is not to be by air. The plane was brought to Auckland by transporter yesterday and from Jellicoe Wharf was loaded into the frigate Waikato. Her retirement cruise as a guest of the navy will see the Avenger delivered to Christchurch next week. At Wigram she will be restored to display condition.
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Ever since NZ2504 was originally restored into her target tug marking the question of the winch has been discussed between several of us including Anthony Galbraith who did an awesome model of her and is looking at doing one in the blue with yellow tail. Well sometimes its who you ask. I did know the winch was removed from 04 and installed in a Dakota (NZ3547?). Paul Harrison informs me that he set George Jaunzemiz onto it as with the retirement of the Dakota fleet where was the winch? George discovered it was with the supply section at Ohakea. A request was made to send it to the museum but there was some reluctance as the powers that be thought it might be useful! Eventually it was sent down but was put into storage at Weedons. Last week the Museum was posting photos on their Facebook page and some showed the big move of everything at Weedons to Wigram. I took the opportunity to ask about the winch and got an email address for the collections staff. Emma Johnson promptly replied and said yes the winch is here........would I like some photos of it? Would I!!! So here they are showing the winch, the data plate and the RNZAF stores tag.
Pretty certain that the old British aircraft had British slipstream operated winches. Some (including Gordons and Fairey IIIFs) used winches with large propellers which could be positioned edge-on to slipstream (stowed) or "full frontal" to haul in the targets as required. Other RNZAF aircraft (apart from Vincents/Vildebeests, Walrus) utilised to tow targets during WW2 included PV-1 Venturas, Hudsons, Catalinas (which would have used standard United States electric winches for most part), plus P-40s and Harvards (winches not required). Since then of course, Vampires, Mustangs, Strikemasters, Skyhawks and Aermacchis have towed targets for air gunnery exercises, but so far as I know, provision of actual (off-set) live firing targets is no longer a responsibility of the RNZAF - unless anybody else out there knows better. David D
The Avenger winch is a US Navy type winch so would not have been fitted to the old British aircraft as David states above. The Dakota it was fitted to was NZ3546 which had been returned to RNZAF service ex-NAC ZK-AWQ in April 1961 and was modified to a target tower with drogue tubes attached around the rear fueslage, the winch and an astrodome in the rear cargo door for the operator to observe the drogue streaming. When not used for target towing it was quite often used on SATS and it was great fun to poke your head out into the astrodome and watch the NZ landscape pass steadily by at a sedate 140kts