Newspaper Article 1999 – Napier firm reaps film benefit

TAIL END CHARLIE – Jim Elms, of Hastings-based Elms and Sons, drives the jinker at the back of a load of 25m trusses which will be used in the construction of a sound stage in Wellington for the Lord of the Rings production.

Napier firm reaps film benefit

Napier company Woolaway is benefitting from the decision to film the Tolkien classic, Lord of the Rings, in New Zealand.

The Napier company has made five 25m trusses for Camperdown Films’  Mirimar studio where part of the Lord of the Rings will be filmed.

While the trusses, which each weigh three tonnes and are 3.6 metres high, are not the largest Woolaway have made they are the longest it has transported from its Onekawa workshop in one piece.

The steelwork is being transported by Elms Transport, using a special low level, four axle truck and three axle bogie.

It was due to leave Napier for Wellington early today.

The trusses will be used in a concrete building being built by Ebert Construction. Even the roof will be concrete.

Picture: Warren Buckland

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January 1999

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  • Warren Buckland
  • Jim Elms

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