World War I

ANZAC Memorial Bridge

The ANZAC Memorial bridge at Kaiparoro was designed by Alfred Falkner who first settled in Kaiparoro in 1889. The main road north from Masterton had always gone through Mauriceville but in 1905 Joseph Dawson constructed a suspension bridge over the upper Ruamahanga...

Featherston Training Camp

In January 1916 New Zealand’s biggest army training camp opened on the main road between Featherston and Tauherenikau. It covered almost 30 hectares and was the biggest settlement in the Wairarapa at a time when Masterton’s population was 5,500. When World War One...