A Taranaki gate is a few strands of wire held in place by battens – a simple, make-do device that can be tricky to open or close. Despite its name, there is no evidence that it was invented in the region. The Taranaki gate is fast approaching extinction – ‘gates’ in the 2000s are more likely to be a couple of electrified tapes.
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Photograph by Ron Lambert
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