4 Jan 2024

Repurposed and vanished towns with Peter Janssen

From Summer Times, 10:45 am on 4 January 2024

Small towns with big histories are Peter Janssen's expertise.

Peter and Elizabeth Anderson are the authors of High Hopes and Big Dreams - 165 New Zealand small towns in their twilight.

It goes through often unheard of towns like Ongaonga, Pūponga and Whangaroa and discusses their histories - economic, social and cultural.

The book came out in October and Peter talked about it back then on Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan.

It proved very popular so we thought we'd get Peter Back to spend more time on some of these towns.

Please text us on 2101 if you've got any stories about old forgotten towns of New Zealand and it's more than likely Peter will have something to say about them.

Whangamomona Hotel

The Whangamomona Hotel. Photo: Wiki Commons