HOW WE GOT HERE

EXPLORE 50 YEARS OF HISTORY AT TIWAI

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF TIWAI

“Our history is New Zealand’s history.”

The political and global challenges, over the last half-century, have given cause to an undercurrent of innovative thinking and a drive to do better. Discover why 50 years of challenge and change is worth celebrating.

c.1400-1970

1971-1980

1981-1990

1991-2000

2001-2010

2011-2020

2021-Today

1400s-1500s

“WAITAHA” ERA OF NGĀI TAHU HISTORY

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1800s

NGĀI TAHU OCCUPATION OF SOUTHERN MURIHIKU

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1840

CROWN AUTHORITY

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1850

COLONIAL SETTLEMENT

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1867

BLUFF-INVERCARGILL RAILWAY

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1877

BLUFF HARBOUR BOARD ESTABLISHED

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1886

HALL-HEROULT PROCESS INVENTED

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1904

HYDROELECTRIC POSSIBILITIES EXPLORED IN NEW ZEALAND

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1955

2540 MILLION TONNES OF BAUXITE ORE

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1956

ISLAND HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT

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1956

PLANS FOR AN INTEGRATED ALUMINIUM INDUSTRY BEGAN

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1958

AN IMPORTANT QUESTION WAS ASKED

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1960

THE SAVE MANAPOURI CAMPAIGN

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1960

COMALCO SIGNED THE AGREEMENT FOR HYDROELECTRIC RIGHTS

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1961

PRELIMINARY WORK AT MANAPOURI POWER STATION BEGAN

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1962

THE GOVERNMENT OFFERED TO BUILD MANAPOURI

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1962

TIWAI POINT IDENTIFIED AS THE MOST LIKELY SITE FOR THE SMELTER

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1963

BUILDING MANAPOURI

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1964

FIRST CHARGES FIRED ON THE TUNNEL

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1966

THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED COMALCO WOULD BUILD A 100,000 TONNE SMELTER IN BLUFF.

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1966

AN AUSTRALIAN, JAPANESE & NEW ZEALAND LIAISON

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1967

THE GLADSTONE ALUMINA REFINERY WAS COMMISSIONED

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1969

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH GRANT ANNOUNCED

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1969

SMELTER CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

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1970

NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST CONSERVATION ISSUE

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