Story: Country towns

The first Kaponga Town Board

The first Kaponga Town Board

In November 1904 three cases of typhoid were reported in Kaponga. The Health Department investigated and decided that the town’s open sewerage pits were a major problem since they drained into wells. They recommended a drainage and water system. The crisis led the local community to establish a town board. When the members were elected in August 1905 they were a good balance of town and country – William Swadling and Robert Law were farmers, Frederick Gapper was a storekeeper, Robert Campbell a publican and Charles Betts a seed merchant. It took the board another seven years to establish the new water supply and drainage scheme.

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Jock Phillips, 'Country towns - Maturity and independence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008