Story: Waikato places

Roadside Stories: Tokoroa, timber town

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.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Tokoroa. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Tokoroa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 July 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015