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Tokoroa, Timber Town - Roadside Stories

Tokoroa, Timber Town - Roadside Stories


Old Taupo Rd, Kinleith, Tokoroa

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Tokoroa. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

New Zealanders struggled to make paper from rags, flax and grass in the 19th century, but were more successful later using wood waste from plantation forests. From the 1940s Tokoroa town was developed in a forestry area to house workers constructing -- and then operating -- the nearby Kinleith pulp and paper mill.


The pulp and paper boom,

Making paper, Kinleith,

Waikato region: energy and forestry,

Kinleith strike,

Harvesting the forests,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-2338-su05-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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