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Invercargill's Inventors - Roadside Stories

Invercargill's Inventors - Roadside Stories



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

New Zealanders are famous for their 'no. 8 wire' mentality -- ingenuity and creativity using basic materials. Hayes hardware store in Invercargill is run by the descendants of Ernest Hayes, who invented an array of farming gadgets in the late 19th century. The store also features the remarkable motorcycles designed and built by local speedster Burt Munro.

Inventions, patents and trademarks,

Ernest Hayes's wire strainer,

Eben Ernest Hayes,

Burt Munro,


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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