Tokoroa, timber town - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kinleith mill, Tokoroa.

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

New Zealanders struggled to make paper from rags, flax and grass in the 19th century, but were more successful later using wood waste from plantation forests. From the 1940s Tokoroa town was developed in a forestry area to house workers constructing – and then operating – the nearby Kinleith pulp and paper mill.

Related web links:
The pulp and paper boom
Making paper, Kinleith
Waikato region: energy and forestry
Kinleith strike
Harvesting the forests, 1950–1980

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 sa-t-2338-su05-pm).

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