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Tuakau

Tuakau is located in New Zealand
Tuakau

Tuakau is a town in the Waikato region,[1] (formerly part of the Auckland Region and Franklin District until the creation of the Auckland Council in 2010, when it became part of Waikato District) in the North Island of New Zealand.

The town, originally intended on being built by the Waikato River, serves to support local farming, and is the residence of many employees of New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook. Tuakau has a history of Land Wars, as seen at the Alexandra Redoubt, and further information can be seen at the Tuakau Museum, run by volunteers of Tuakau and surrounds.

1933 bridge

Tuakau Bridge replaced the ferry from November 1902.[2] The original wooden bridge collapsed in August 1929 and was replaced by the current £24,000 ($2.9m at 2015 prices),[3] 750 ft (230 m) bridge from 22 June 1933.[4]

The main primary school is Tuakau Primary, where Sir Edmund Hillary was educated. Harrisville Primary, at the top of Harrisville Hill, and at the other (northern) end of Tuakau,is another historic school - in the region named after Catain Harris. Tuakau College is the intermediate and high school. The major town nearby is Pukekohe. Smaller nearby towns include Onewhero and Pokeno. In April 2012, a zookeeper at the Whangarata Zoo (now closed) was killed by a 39-year-old African elephant.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Tuakau Travel Guide".  
  2. ^ C W Vennell & Susan Williams: Raglan County Hills and Sea 1876-1976 p. 158
  3. ^ Bank of New Zealand inflation calculator
  4. ^ Waikato District Council: Tuakau Structure Plan Built Heritage Assessment 2014 - with photos
  5. ^ Associated Press (April 25, 2012). "New Zealand zookeeper killed by African elephant". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2012-04-25. The zoo is located in Tuakau, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) southeast of Auckland. 


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