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Motorway protest

Motorway protest

The construction of the Wellington (or Foothills) motorway through Thorndon in the late 1960s caused considerable public protest, not least because its route went through the city’s oldest European cemetery. Protesters appealed to the Wellington City Council to stop the scheme, but the council came down on the side of the planners, and the motorway went ahead – a decision satirised in this 1965 cartoon.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Ben Schrader, 'City planning - From motorways to the Resource Management Act', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 May 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 26 Mar 2015