Iconic fountain breaks down

March 31, 2017

The fountain in Wellington’s Oriental Bay has broken down and it will be out of action for the next two months.

The Wellington City Council said it was organising a barge with a crane so staff and contractors could get out to the fountain to lift out the electric motor and pump.

The motor and pump would then be sent off for repairs and any other maintenance.

The Carter fountain was built in 1973. It’s 150 metres out in the Wellington Harbour and shoots spouts of water 16 metres into the air four times per day.

It was named after the local resident, Hugh Carter, who gifted it to the city.  It cost $75,000 to install back in 1973. The annual maintenance costs is$45,000, of which $20,000 is for electricity

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oh thats sad,had alot of history


What?! Why?!😕😕


wat i saw that fountain alot of times


sad i live in wellington


That is dissapointing because lots of people must of really liked that and now that it has broken down people wont get to see the beautiful sight, I think that people should give out donations for fixing the fountain. Maria


That is sad 🙁


Oh no! But maybe they should try make it more stable so it will last longer, or just no have a fountain.