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FROM THE TURNBULL LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
Photo: 1/2-038256-F, Alexander Turnbull Library.
Wellington has been a good place
It's a city enclosed by hills.
There was money to be made by
subdividing the lands beyond, but
not many wanted to live out there
if they had to clamber up and over
to work each day.
The first tunnels were the seven
along the rail line to Johnsonville,
completed by 1886. That line was
the rail route north then.
But it was a slow journey and
was replaced in the 1930s by the
current main line route through to
Tawa Flat, via the longest double-
track tunnel in New Zealand.
Nearer town, the Karori tunnel
was completed in 1900.
In 1907 the Hataitai and Sea-
toun tram tunnels helped Welling-
ton's suburbs move south and
east. The slopes of Northland
were opened up in the 1920s by
the Northland tunnel. With the
automobile age came the Mt Vic-
toria tunnel (1931) and the
motorway tunnel under the Ter-
This photograph from 1898
shows work beginning on the
Karori tunnel. It is only 74
metres long, but work on it
did not go smoothly.
The first contractor ran
out of money, and there were
complaints about cost over-
Then, just as it was about
to open, heavy rain caused it
all to collapse in the middle,
making both it and the road
above impassable. Eventually,
though, it made Karori a much
easier place to get to. Within a few
years the new city trams were
regularly rattling through it.
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Protest at Parliament
Community voice: Kawerau Intermediate principal Daryl Aim speaks during Tuesday's protest.
Photo: GARY HAMILTON-IRVINE
By GARY-HAMILTON IRVINE
Busloads of Kawerau Intermediate students and
community members travelled from the Bay of
Plenty to Parliament to protest on Tuesday
against their school's proposed closure.
The protest, involving about 170 people,
included a haka by students and speeches by
Kawerau Intermediate principal Daryl Aim and
Kawerau representatives were invited to meet
Education Minister Anne Tolley after the protest.
Mr Aim said the meeting went well.
A petition to save the school was signed by 2351
Kawerau residents -- about 70 per cent of the
town's adult population.
Mr Aim said gang undertones in Kawerau
meant access to drugs in the high school was a
real problem. Closing the school meant the step up
to high school would be much harder for children.
Mrs Tolley gave the six schools in Kawerau
various options regarding closures and/or amalga-
mations, but has elected to go against local
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