A Taranaki gate is just a few strands of wire held in place by battens – a simple, make-do device, but one that can be tricky to open and close. Despite its name, there is no evidence that the gate was invented in Taranaki. The Taranaki gate is fast approaching extinction – gates in the 2000s are more likely to be a couple of electrified tapes than the old, ingenious solution.
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