Founded and developed on a tunnel and a viaduct, Te Kuiti owes its position and its growth to its placement on the Main Trunk railway line that was so many decades in the making. It was the construction of the first Poro-o-torao tunnel in 1885 that brought the first Europeans to the area that had only recently been the capital of the rebel Kingite movement. The incredible difficulties faced by the hapless Irishman who had the contract for digging this challenging tunnel is one of this countrys most interesting but least known stories. The author has drawn on many archival sources and newspaper reports to build a picture of how the town developed beyond this point. Mr. Young has woven together a series of highly interesting cameos to present a picture of how and why things were so different in Te Kuiti from other places. It is this uniqueness that has made Te Kuiti a town of such great character.
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