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The Shed

No 97 July - August 2021
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The Shed is Eclectic, informed and always fascinating, there is something to interest everyone in The Shed. Aimed at those with a few tools and perhaps a few clues, this is the magazine for real sheddies. Packed with ideas, projects, advice and peeks into other people’s sheds.

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Country:
New Zealand
Language:
English
Publisher:
Parkside Media
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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in this issue

2 min.
our future is in good hands after all

When folks come across The Shed magazine, I know they will have a preconceived idea of who this publication is designed for — you, as a regular reader, probably have too. Many may reckon they know exactly the type and age of sheddie that we feature and who reads our magazine, but they would be wrong. Sure, a lot of our content features males of a certain age wearing a fair bit of grey hair but, honestly, it’s not exclusively so. With our The Shed website traffic, for example, Mr Google tells us that the majority of our visitors are males aged 35–50. However, female visitors account for over 25 per cent of our traffic. Does that surprise you? When we think of a project to write about or a sheddie’s work to feature,…

13 min.
honda police specials

Hayden Tasker works as an agricultural contractor in New Zealand’s South Island because he strongly feels that there is nothing more important than food production and feeding the world’s population. He points out that even scientists researching a cure for cancer can only do so because there is toast and Vegemite for them to eat for their breakfast. If the weather is fine, agricultural contractors work all the hours of daylight, and Hayden often clocks up 80-hour weeks with a succession of 18-hour work days. When The Shed contacted him to arrange a visit, he said he expected a cold front to pass through at 11am the next day and that he would be available then. He has studied his local weather for years and is often consulted by his neighbours…

3 min.
the policing of new zealand’s roads

The first traffic cop in New Zealand was hired by Auckland City in 1894, when virtually all vehicles were horse-drawn. From then on, many local bodies had officers with the authority to enforce traffic laws within their boundaries. The central government started policing some roads just before World War II, and gradually took over this task from local councils until, by the early 1990s, it was the sole traffic authority. The MOT was formed in 1968 and, apart from officers employed by some local authorities, the policing of New Zealand roads was the responsibility of its TSS. The MOT was a very large government department responsible for everything from lighthouses, now unmanned, to airtraffic control — now the responsibility of Airways Corporation — to weather forecasts. In 1992, the MOT’s TSS was…

1 min.
honda super cub

The Super Cub was, at first anyway, a 50cc four-stroke motorcycle with a semi-automatic gearbox that was introduced in 1958. It had the factory designation ‘C100’ but is best known in New Zealand as the ‘Honda step-through’. The ‘non-super’ Cub was a twostroke clip-on bicycle motor that Honda made in 1952 and ’53. Soichiro Honda particularly disliked the noisy, inefficient clip-ons, which were popular in Japan at the time, and wasn’t keen on two-strokes either, but he must have liked the name. The Super Cub is still in production and, according to motorcycle.com, 50 million had been produced by 2006 — with about the same number having been made since then. It is easily the best-selling vehicle of any type ever made. It transformed transportation in Asia, replacing the donkey in local…

2 min.
prototypes

Working in agriculture, Hayden Tasker often gets to see new and innovational machinery up close. He says that New Zealand is used as a testing ground by international machinery manufacturers, mainly, he thinks, because of its remoteness, although it’s hard to imagine agents of industrial espionage scouting local fields to scope out the opposition’s latest device. The difference in our seasons from the Northern Hemisphere, where these manufacturers are based, may also be an attraction. Hayden believes that it’s the same with motorcycles. New models can be discreetly trialled on our relatively deserted roads without attracting any great interest. The testers would enjoy better weather than during their winter at home too. On one holiday — preseason, of course — at the popular resort of Kaiteriteri at the top of the South…

3 min.
tinkering with the future

We have all heard it — or thought it at some point: the kids of today are so focused on their screens that they have no idea how things actually work. They don’t muck about with tools and wood and wheels; they don’t make things themselves any more. This, the theory goes, means that they are missing out on something really fundamental and valuable. Some might argue this digital-only focus doesn’t matter; kids are learning all the skills they need in the digital age, just as we learnt what we needed for the pre-digital age. More people, however, think that kids are missing out on vital hand–brain training and practical problem-solving that will make them more rounded people and more active agents in their own lives. This could be even more…