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Taranaki toll gate

Taranaki toll gate

Two cars and a motorcycle with a sidecar pause at a toll gate at Waipuku in Taranaki in the 1920s. By 1935 Taranaki had over 500 kilometres of sealed road, a legacy of the toll gates which were common in the area. Unlike other provinces that relied on road boards levying ratepayers, Taranaki with its toll gates collected enough revenue to improve roads.

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Carl Walrond, 'Roads - Funding road construction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

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