19 Feb 2021

Memories from Colville

From Country Life, 9:15 pm on 19 February 2021
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Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

The northern Coromandel Peninsula is just  60 kilometres from downtown Auckland as the crow flies... however few roads are sealed, the hills are still bush-clad and very few people call it home.

Colville farmer Les Ward is one of them - his grandfather arrived in the area in the late 1890's wanting a better life - and the peninsula is still dotted with his descendants.

Les says mains electiricty didn't reach his family until 1968, eighty years after the first town in New Zealand was hooked up to a power supply.


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