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New, permanent tobacco exhibition

Our new, permanent tobacco exhibition is now open. Apart from static displays there is a screen showing the film "The End of the Golden Weed", the story of tobacco growing in the Motueka Area, with personal memories of a unique industry from the 1920 to 1990s. There is also a digital display of photographs spanning a number of years. The exhibition has been built in the shape of an old kiln, including a chimney. The interior floor has pipes showing how an updraft kiln worked.

Peninsula Bridge Centenary

It’s hard to beleive the Peninsula Bridge in Ngatimoti is 100 years old! The bridge was first opened by the Hon. R. Mackenzie, the MP for Motueka in 1913. On 6 July 2013 Lassie turned up in all her splendor joined by a 1928 Dodge Victory, a Model T and a 1913 Unic among others to help with the celebrations. Locals from the district gathered to share stories and a cup of tea. Overall it was a wonderful day. We hope the bridge stands for at least another hundred years!

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