The Daily Grind

Vol.IV No.2 JUNE/JULY, 2007






 New Zealand Organ Manufactory



Press Excerpts

List of Tunings

List of Contracts

Items for sale

Bi-monthly newsletter


Dr Ron Newton

Organa Cantuariensia



New Zealand Organ Museum


Oamaru's Historic Quarter



After a very pleasant stay in lovely Hawkes Bay we are heading home to Oamaru.  We were able to participate in local musical events at St. Mary's in Waipukurau, and played the organ for services at St. Peter's in Waipawa.

Amongst the more interesting work we had in the North Island was the relocation and overhaul of a 1903 Bell reed organ.  This instrument had been in a masonic lodge in Johnsonville for many years before becoming redundant, and was then stored in a garage in Churton Park for some time.  When the Christ Church Preservation Society in Taita asked us to advise them on what to do with their little reed organ donated after an arson some years ago, we recommended they take over the Bell.  We took the Bell to the church to demonstrate its superiority, and were then given the contract to clean and overhaul it.  Its sound and case fit the historic church exactly, and should provide many years of useful musical accompaniment.  We will be giving the opening recital with Wellington tenor Peter Dyne September 8th.


The New Zealand Organ Manufactory now has a depot in the Manawatu, where we have a few interesting organs in storage awaiting restoration.  One is the historic 1901 Croft pipe organ built for Frank Grady, the prominent Wellington jeweller, installed in Lower Hutt Methodist by Hobday in 1906.  It has been purchased from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington by an organist.  Others include a large Estey two-manual and pedal reed organ, and a few instruments destined for the New Zealand Organ Museum.

Recent work around the North Island has included the completion of the overhaul of the Croft organ in St. John Vianney church in Hillsborough, and remedial work following rat damage in New Plymouth.  Work awaiting us in Oamaru includes an Estey reed organ overhaul for a family in Dunedin, and further work to the Hobday for St. Patrick's.