In the late 1930s the Labour government once more invested in public works, especially railways. An important project was the Napier–Gisborne line which required a massive viaduct to span the Mōhaka River. The span was 96 metres high and almost 278 metres long. This page from the New Zealand Railways Magazine shows crowds at the opening on 1 July 1937. At top left, Minister of Public Works Bob Semple drives in the last rivet.
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Reference: New Zealand Railways magazine 12, no. 5 (1937) (S-L 1081-22)
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