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Paremata bridge opening

Paremata bridge opening

A crowd attends the 1936 opening of the Paremata road bridge, with clouds of steam from a train on the nearby rail bridge. Before this, road traffic had to travel around the inlet to Pāuatahanui and north to Kāpiti through the Horokiri Valley and over the Paekākāriki Hill. The new bridge and the electrification of the railway shortened the journey from Wellington and boosted settlement in the area. In 2004 the road bridge was widened to handle increased traffic.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington places - Mana – Paremata to Pukerua Bay', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13508/paremata-bridge-opening (accessed 8 August 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Mar 2016