Story: Farm fencing

Making fencing wire

An essential part of a farm fence is the wire. In New Zealand, No. 8 wire was used extensively. It came to represent Kiwi ingenuity, as a material that could be used to repair almost anything. This video explains how a coil of No. 8 wire with a diameter of 2.5 millimetres is made by stretching or ‘drawing’ a steel rod.

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Reference: The story of New Zealand wire. Reynolds Film Productions, 1980 (001F/1/14)

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Robert Peden, 'Farm fencing - High-tensile and electric fencing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008