Image at Hayes Engineering Works ; photo by Grant Sheehan, copyright Heritage New Zealand.

Many of Ernest Hayes inventions are still in use today, notably the wire-strainer that farmers came to depend upon to keep their fences strong and straight. From their rural Oturehua farm, Ernest and his wife, Hannah, worked together: Ernest forging ahead with inventing and manufacturing devices to make life on the land easier, and Hannah biking throughout the district seeking orders for their wares. Today, the rustic mud brick buildings and their contents are remarkably well preserved. The engineering workshop houses a labyrinth of overhead shafts, belts and pulleys driving various lathes, drills and saws. This collection, and the associated farm buildings and the 1920s homestead, adds immensely to the story of the Hayes’ busy life. Hayes Engineering Works is a popular stop on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Related links

Heritage New Zealand - Hayes Engineering Works

Tohu Whenua - Otago Central Rail Trail

Heritage New Zealand - Landmarks honours recognised at Hayes

Otago Daily Times - Hayes Engineering now a heritage site

Celebrating Hayes Engineering Works


Updated on 7th November 2018