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Cook Strait cable (1st of 2)

Cook Strait cable

The original Cook Strait cable is hauled ashore at Ōteranga Bay on Wellington’s south-west coast in 1964. Each metre weighed around 45 kilograms (about the same as a metre of railway line). In the background is the cable-laying ship Photinia. The cable took two hours to travel 800 metres from the ship, floating ashore on plastic inflated pillows, and then running across rollers over the stony beach. Avoiding damage to the cable’s coating – and kinks in the line – were primary concerns.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1964/4006

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Electricity after the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010