Test firing of Hokitika cannon tomorrow


Test firing of the 200-year-old Hokitika cannon will go ahead at 10am tomorrow.
Cannon enthusiast Colin Adams said the police had given the all-clear for the live test.
The last time it was fired was in 2000 for the millennium celebrations.
The cannon would probably form part of Hokitika’s 150th anniversary celebrations next year.
Mr Adams said it had a maximum range of 3000 yards in its day — or nearly 3km — and, fully charged, would have required 30lb of gunpowder to be rammed down the muzzle.
It came to New Zealand during the 1860s New Zealand land wars at Howick, but the reason for it coming to Hokitika was more legend than fact, Mr Adams said.