There’s great delight in Eketahuna this weekend as the local Volunteer Fire Brigade shows off its new 4WD ute, which replaces an ageing Super Elf. Super Elf, note. Not Super Alf.
It’s all part of the brigade’s centennial celebrations this Labour weekend.
Volunteer fireman Terry Carew said the showpiece of the festivities is a new $38,000 4WD ute bought with a $9,000 donations from Pub Charity with the balance made up by the community and the Brigade.
Mr Carew said the fundraising was quite an achievement given that it took just a year to get the cash together.
He said the weekend of celebrations will include firefighting exercise displays as well as visits from fire service top brass, including eastern region commanders.
Tararua mayor Maureen Reynolds will also be on hand planting a commemorative totara at the fire station grounds on Saturday.
A renovated 1950s fire truck from the Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade will also be heading south to add a retro vibe to proceedings.
If you happen to be passing by and stop to see what’s going on, keep an eye out for Alf. And say “Hi”.