Coal and clay from Huntly - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Huntly and its mining.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Huntly in the Video tab.

The coal seams around Huntly have been mined since the 1870s, and today provide about 40% of New Zealand’s coal, feeding the massive Huntly power station and the Glenbrook steel mill. Local clay is the source of Huntly’s distinctive bricks, as well as of iconic Crown Lynn pottery.

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Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number MUCDR85).

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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