LOOK­ING BACK

Whangarei Report - - HISTORY -

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PHOTO / DRUM­MOND/TE WAKE COL­LEC­TION

For 60 years the mag­nif­i­cent pil­lars of the Bank of New Zealand gave the Bank St/cameron St/rust Ave in­ter­sec­tion in Whanga¯ rei a touch of class. The build­ing was built in 1925 and the bank knocked it down in 1985, de­spite protests from Whanga¯ rei res­i­dents. Re­quests to save the build­ing or at least re­tain the fine fa­cade on the front of a new struc­ture fell on deaf ears. The build­ing that re­placed it is still in use to­day. The BNZ has been op­er­at­ing in Whanga¯ rei since Septem­ber, 1876. The first branch was in Wal­ton St. In 1881, the bank bought a large site on the Bank St/rust Lane (the name then) corner. The bank put up a sin­gle-storey build­ing on the site in 1882, and re­placed it with the large build­ing in the pho­to­graph in 1925.

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