Story: East Coast places

Ruatōria: around 1940 (1st of 2)

Ruatōria: around 1940

Ruatōria, for a time known simply as the Cross Roads, became the principal township on the East Coast proper, as roads replaced the sea as the main means of transport. On this sunlit day around 1940, motor vehicles are appropriately prominent, but, as the riders on horseback suggest, horses were still an important means of getting around the district.

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Monty Soutar, 'East Coast places - Waiapu River valley', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33487/ruatoria-around-1940 (accessed 16 February 2019)

Story by Monty Soutar, updated 30 Mar 2015