Story: Geothermal energy

Opening Wairākei power station

The opening of Wairākei geothermal power station in 1958 signified a major technical advance. It was the first time that geothermal steam had been used to generate power in New Zealand, and only the second time in the world.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Pictorial Parade 82. National Film Unit, 1958

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Carol Stewart, 'Geothermal energy - Wairākei geothermal power station', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/5426/opening-wairakei-power-station (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Carol Stewart, published 12 Jun 2006