Published:  

August 2010
The Puhipuhi site today is testimony to failed business ventures: there remains an opencast quarry, extensive railway system, dam, and impressive remains of the WWII-era plant where mercury was extracted from its ore.

Publication cover showing two of towers at the processing plant. Photo: M Butcher.
Publication cover 

Summary

At Puhipuhi, during the first half of the 20th century, a succession of businessmen attempted to make a profit by producing mercury. They all failed, but not due to a lack of effort and investment.

The site today is testimony to that; there remains an opencast quarry, an extensive railway system, a dam, and the impressive remains of the WWII-era plant where mercury was extracted from its ore.

The site, to the north-east of Whakapara, is administered from the local DOC office. The historic fabric occupies an area of about 5 ha within the 32.5 ha which comprise the Waikiore Conservation Area. The mercury mine is not, at present, a visitor site.

The report includes the following chapters:

  • Site overview
  • History description
  • Fabric description
  • Assessment of completeness
  • National context
  • Significance
  • Puhipuhi's potential
  • Sources consulted
  • Appendices: Contemporary plans of the mine workings

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Publication information

Maria Butcher
Published by Department of Conservation

Contact

Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140

Related link

Puhipuhi Mercury Mines

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