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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light surface rubbing to the back side. The first and last 3 pages have heavy age spotting and a light ripple to the top and bottom edges. There is light browning to the edges of the pages. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 189 x 255 mm
Pages: 160
Publisher: Wenlock House
Publication date: 1986 first edition


A Man from the Ministry
By W. Frank Ponder

Tales of a New Zealand Architect

The stories of 'A Man from the Ministry' are set mainly in the 1950's, describing the conditions then in the South Pacific, tales of hurricanes, hurricanes, small sailing boats and early flying, mixed with a warship, an icebreaker and USN helicopters.

The tales include the creation of Scott Base in Antarctica and the preservation of the historic huts of Shackleton and Scott.

The author, a Government Architect in the New Zealand Ministiy of Works is given the task of organising building work in the remote Pacific Islands and was also confronted with the task of designing the New Zealand Base in Antarctica, pioneering new techniques and culminating in organising the logistics needed to collect materials from all over the world, arrange their construction and delivery and assembly in Antarctica itself.

He also touches on airport design and construction for the Jumbo Jet era.

Finally he reminds us that the Ministry of Works and Development had a magnificent record in peace and war and such an organisation should never have been destroyed.


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