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is the service and commercial centre for the surrounding area's dairying, sheep, cattle, mixed farming, and saw-milling region on the banks of the Rangitikei River, with about 2000 people, about 35 km southeast of Waiouru.
In 1894 it was settled by a group of saw-millers and road-builders and became a borough in 1906, after two years the main trunk railway was opened.
Many of the railway employees lived in the town and it was one of the main tea-and-meal stop for the Auckland-Wellington-Auckland trains. Today, part of the "Kiwiana" or New Zealand heritage, are the heavy tea cups of the Taihape tea-and-meal stop of old.

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In late 1959, early 1960, the firm I worked for transferred me, first to Wanganui, than later to Taihape for about 6 months.
I still remember both places affectionately.
I lived in a guest house (former hospital) with a Dutch landlady, her family and about six fellow guest, three girls and three guys, working in town for a variety of firms, like banks, managing shops etc.
It was a very friendly, happy community.
At nights we used to go down a nearby creep with torches to catch eels.
We visited the local pubs, played games, in general, we had a very good time, singly and together.

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Taihape Taihape Taihape

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