Energised by the Southland League’s Alexander Rodger, the forward-looking province was electrified in the 1920s, using its own hydroelectric power station at Lake Monowai. This map shows the network in 1930 – the depression of the 1930s was to plunge the Southland enterprise into bankruptcy, and the central government took it over in 1935.
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Source: Malcolm McKinnon, ed., Bateman New Zealand historical atlas: Ko papatuanuku e takoto nei. Auckland: David Bateman, 1997, plate 88