Story: King Country region

Building the Piriaka power station

Building the Piriaka power station

Piriaka power station is on the banks of the Whanganui River at Piriaka south of Taumarunui. The station was commissioned in 1924 and initially supplied power to Piriaka only. It was still operating in the early 2000s and, unusually, had not been modernised – the original machinery remained in good working order. A new generator was installed in 1971 in a separate building. These are the workers who constructed the station. The two small boys at the front were probably workers' sons  rather than employees.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Transport and infrastructure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34907/building-the-piriaka-power-station (accessed 25 June 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 30 Mar 2015