The Daily Grind

Vol.II No.1  APRIL/MAY, 2005






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



Our longest tour of the North Island is now over, and tuning recommences around the South Island.  As well as our regular tuning, this last trip included cleaning the console at St. Stephen's Ilam, repairing a rank of pipes at Waverley, completion of the new swell box at Eltham, cleaning and overhauling the Croft organ at St. James' Kerikeri (32 degrees!), restoration work (including the releathering of the reservoir and pneumatic system) at St. John's Otakeho, and the cleaning and overhaul of the 1881 Hill/1927 Hayman organ at Morrinsville Methodist.

An old rat's nest greeted us at Otakeho

The Morrinsville contract was very interesting, as the organ contains quite a variety of material from the 1881 Hill organ from Christchurch Cathedral, including the B.W. Mountfort case.  The four Hill ranks are the Violin


Diapason, Salicional and Oboe from the Swell, and the Choir Clarinet, the remainder being supplied by Palmer of London in 1927.  Peter Averi of Wellington will be giving a recital to reopen the organ on the 28th May.

Part of the mobile workshop set up at Morrinsville

The next few weeks see the completion of the addition of a Principal rank to the 1939 Brett organ in St. Andrew's Maheno, the completion of the installation of the 1863 Telford organ in David Burchell's residence, and the installation of the 1910 Jenkins organ from St. Peter's Caversham into a private residence in Temuka.  June sees Organ Congress in Dunedin at Queen's Birthday and our next North Island tuning, which will include an overhaul of the Lee organ in St. Cuthbert's, Manaia, Taranaki.