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    Parks and gardens

    Hamilton has Memorial Gardens and Soldiers’ Memorial Park on the east bank of the Waikato River. Large ...

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    Energy and ironsands

    in 1972. Wiśniowski, who visited New Zealand in 1864, describes soldiers mining in Taranaki: ‘A ...

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    Challenges to hospital care

    Hospital closures By the late 20th century hospital services had become fragmented and expensive. Hospitals were managed regionally and central governments struggled to control costs. From the 1970s many maternity hospitals were closed. Their services wer ...

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    Health

    People living in country areas are at risk of farming accidents and diseases spread by animals as well as the usual range of health problems. Isolation has always made access to health services difficult. Rural doctors and nurses The mainstay of the rural ...

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    Healthy bodies

    Immunisation Vaccination to create immunity against infectious diseases has been a key public health initiative since the mid-19th century. Children have been the main focus. Smallpox was the only disease preventable by vaccination until the early 20th ce ...

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    Transport and infrastructure

    Rivers and sea As well as providing early Māori communities with food, rivers were major transport routes – the equivalent of modern-day highways. The Waipā River, a tributary of the Waikato River, provided access to the north and the Whanganui River gave ...

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    Transport and communications

    Isolation Taranaki is isolated from the north and east by rugged hill country. In the south, gentler topographies allow easier land access. In the 2010s the tenuous nature of road and rail links to the north and east continued to concern business groups a ...

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    Housing the workers

    In the early 20th century the Railways Department became one of New Zealand’s largest house-builders and landlords. The department had purchased or built houses for stationmasters and other staff since the late 1870s. By the 1900s it faced a serious accom ...

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    The colonial family and the household economy

    The British family In the years 1840 to 1915, when the mass European settlement of New Zealand occurred, the family in Britain and to some extent Ireland was undergoing major change. Most immigrants came from rural areas where the household had long been ...

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    The seafaring workforce

    New Zealand’s merchant seafarers From the earliest days of European exploration and settlement until at least the Second World War, merchant seafarers were one of the most important and distinctive groups of workers in New Zealand. By the 1870s vessels wo ...

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