New Zealand facts & history in brief
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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
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
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
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