Story: Public health

Sewerage works, Christchurch, early 1880s

The first sewerage system in New Zealand was built in Christchurch. It was completed in 1882. This panorama shows the pumping station in Tuam Street under construction. Improvements such as this led to a major decline in the incidence and spread of some infectious diseases.

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Canterbury Museum
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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public health - Managing public health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jul 2019 with assistance from Richard Edwards