Story: Coal and coal mining

Dancing at Rotowaro hall

Dancing at Rotowaro hall

Like many mining communities, Rotowaro in Waikato had a strong community spirit. Country-music dances were held at the local hall. At this ‘Patsy Riggir Special’, the music was provided by guitar, saxophone, piano, and hobnail boots. When the town was moved to allow for opencast mining, the Glen Afton Country Music Club re-established itself in Huntly.

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Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, 'Coal and coal mining - Mining community', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7459/dancing-at-rotowaro-hall (accessed 18 April 2021)

Story by Alan Sherwood and Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 14 Apr 2021, updated 1 Sep 2016