Four years of geological work by BP Shell Todd led to the drilling of deep holes between Wairoa and Gisborne in 1960. The first hole was Mangaone-1. In this video clip politicians and officials watch as the drill bit is guided into the ground – known as ‘spudding in’. Unfortunately all holes failed to find oil or gas, and the exploration leases were later abandoned.
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Reference: Pictorial Parade 102, 1960
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