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Taranaki toll gate

Taranaki toll gate

Two cars and a motorcycle with a sidecar pause at a toll gate in Taranaki – possibly at Waitara – 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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23314/taranaki-toll-gate (accessed 9 August 2020)

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