Invercargill's inventors - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Invercargill's innovative past.

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New Zealanders are famous for their ‘no. 8 wire’ mentality – ingenuity and creativity using basic materials. Hayes hardware store in Invercargill is run by the descendants of Ernest Hayes, who invented an array of farming gadgets in the late 19th century. The store also features the remarkable motorcycles designed and built by local speedster Burt Munro.

Inventions, patents and trademarks
Ernest Hayes’s wire strainer
Eben Ernest Hayes
Burt Munro

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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