Story: Hydroelectricity

Roxburgh night work (1st of 3)

Roxburgh night work

During and after the Second World War power restrictions were commonplace, and the government made the building of hydroelectric stations a high priority. Roxburgh power station was New Zealand’s largest at the time. Construction of the scheme was plagued with difficulties, including a shortage of labour. The site is shown here lit up for night work. Once the Roxburgh station was commissioned in 1956, power restrictions in the South Island were lifted.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand Free Lance Collection (PAColl-0785)
Reference: PAColl-8983-59
Photograph by K. Stephen

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John E. Martin, 'Hydroelectricity - National hydro system', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by John E. Martin, published 11 Mar 2010