The top of the South Island has long been an area of enterprise and ingenuity. These are stories about those enterprises - business, farming, fishing, industry; and the infrastructure which has supported them.

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  1. Salisbury Footbridge 1887-2010
    Bridges come and bridges go, especially in Bainham, where the Aorere River in a raging flood can leave a trail of destruction. read more
  2. Waimea Plains
    Over the years land use on the Waimea Plains has changed to meet changing markets and lifestyles read more
  3. Picton Cement Works
    Employing up to 40 men, the Picton Cement Works was owned by the Wellington and Marlborough Cement Coal and Lime Company Ltd, and operated between 190... read more
  4. Over a Century of Hops
    The Lines family have been growing hops in Wai-Iti for 17 years. read more
  5. Nelson's power struggle
    Bringing electricity to Nelson in the 19th Century proved problematic. One of the solutions was the Cobb Dam and power scheme. read more
  6. Nelson essentials - water and sewage
    It took a long time for all Nelson residents to be connected to a clean water supply and sewage system. read more
  7. Cousins Clifford and Weld make their mark
    Cousins Charles Clifford and Frederick Weld were enterprising early settlers in the Marlborough district, establishing successful sheep runs, before m... read more
  8. May's Retail, Butter and Bacon Empire
    May's Store was a large two storied general store and drapery on the corner of Queen Street and Gladstone Road, Richmond. William May also operated a ... read more
  9. The Rise of the Motor Vehicle in Richmond
    Early petrol stations, taxi and bus services in Richmond, Tasman. read more
  10. W.E. Wilkes Ltd
    The firm of W.E. Wilkes is synonymous with house building in Richmond but it all began in a much smaller way - with coffins. read more