Story: Manawatū and Horowhenua places

Ōpiki suspension bridge

Ōpiki suspension bridge

A group of locals pose on the new Tane (later Ōpiki) suspension bridge in 1918. Second from left (holding a child) is the bridge builder Joseph Dawson. At far right (with arm on the bridge) is Ernest Henderson, the blacksmith at the Tane Mill who fashioned all the steel rods for the bridge. Elsie Henderson (centre) holds their child. The bridge simplified the task of getting Tane fibre across the Manawatū River to the railway station at Rangiotū.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Manawatū and Horowhenua places - Beneath the Tararua Range', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9441/opiki-suspension-bridge (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 22 Apr 2015