Life in Early Poverty Bay
The Establishment of Bridges
The Establishment of Bridges.
“I had the honor,” stated Mr. deLautour in conclusion, “of officiating as Mayor at the opening of the first bridge over the Turanganui. The first bridge over the Taruheru cost the town exactly nothing. When the title to Whataupoko was definitely settled, it thus made another 1000 acres available for settlers on that side of the river. Without a bridge, the land was of little value, so the promoters, to gain any profit from their investment, were compelled to bridge the Taruheru at their own expense.”
The Argyll Hotel (now the Coronation Hotel) erected by the late Mr. Alex. Blair; also on the right premises at one time occupied by the Herald Company.