Story: Tea, coffee and soft drinks

Mineral-water poster

Mineral-water poster

Mineral water was first bottled at Te Aroha in 1886, and the rural service town soon became well-known for its hot springs and mineral water. Mineral water was believed to possess health-giving properties, hinted at by the word 'tonic' in this poster, probably from the 1950s. In the 2000s Te Aroha's mineral water was off the menu – it was neither bottled nor available by the glass.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: ABKB W5035 7709 Box 6 M 81 (4b)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Tea, coffee and soft drinks - Water, soft drinks and milk drinks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013