"a little History" Kaiapoi Favorite Tip by pepples46
Kaiapoi General: 5 reviews and 2 photos
Favorite thing: 1878....Street lightening was by way of kerosene lamps and it must have been a wonderful sight in an area of almost total darkness to see the Kaiapoi Woollen Mills lit up by 600 light bulbs with the power generated by the mill's Compton Dynamo plant. the Mill closed after 100 years in operation 1978
Many thought this is the demise of the Town, but an energetic Mayor..Norman Kirk, pushed for far sighted development. Water, an abundant supply of high quality artisan water the new enterprise, succesfully exported around the world... and other developments sees Kaiapoi prospor again.
Norman Kirk went on to became NZ Primeminister from 1972-1974, he died prematurely at the age of 51years in 1974.
Today the population is nearing 10 000, their phrase is:
'Just Country enough - not to be City ' that's how we like it
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