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A striking terracotta bas-relief sculpture of a horse, symbolising the importance of the racing industry to the district, created by John Murphy of Woodend.
Until the water races were built in the 1880's, the main problem for the settlers was obtaining sufficient water for their stock and domestic uses.
The official ceremony of turning on the water will begin at 2 p.m. at the Waimakariri Gorge bridge.
By W. J. Jenkins
On May 5, 1908, the " first shot " was officially fired by the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward.