Story: City history and people

Mangakino (2nd of 3)


Mangakino was built in 1946 as a construction town for the Waikato hydroelectric power scheme. The workers’ camp consisted of wooden huts (foreground); workers with families lived in houses (middle distance). The town included a shopping centre, schools and sports grounds. The original plan was to dismantle Mangakino once the hydro scheme had been completed, but many residents wanted to stay on and the town survived.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Whites Aviation Collection
Reference: WA-27984
Photograph by Leo Lemuel White

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How to cite this page:

David Thorns and Ben Schrader, 'City history and people - Types of towns', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by David Thorns and Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010