Story: Roads

Surveyor in the North Island, 1885

Surveyor in the North Island, 1885

A surveyor stands over a survey peg hammered in the ground, while a Māori assistant holds the stand for his theodolite. Two other assistants hold sickles for clearing scrub. The tents of the survey party are visible in the background. Surveyors laid out the lines of roads – some of which were never built. These are today termed ‘paper roads’.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Building roads', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 March 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016