Effort and Enterprise

A Journey through Tikorangi's History.

The events, the places and the people of the last 150 years. 

Tikorangi is a tranquil rural district in North Taranaki, New Zealand. Drive through and you may notice the school, church, and the local hall, but that would tell you very little of the wealth and richness of the people who lived there and all that has happened during the last century and a half. 

Effort and Enterprise tells the stories of world leading pioneers and academics, farmers, sports people, some remarkable women, and their enterprising history. They survived the dirt-floor homes, mud track roads, and one of the world's most spectacular bridges; felt the effort of taking scrub-covered land and turning it into highly productive farms; discovered the innovative machines manufactured and exported around the world. 

Journey through the hidden history of Tikorangi and discover its inhabitants' fascinating stories. 


Due for Release 2022



'I am very pleased to recommend this highly informative account of the history of the Tikorangi district.  This book will invoke memories of the events, pastimes, work environments, schooling and most importantly the people who enriched a thriving rural community.  Generations have contributed to a strong community spirit and I foresee this publication being a favourite on many family bookshelves throughout Taranaki and beyond. I also recommend this book to school libraries in both secondary and primary schools, especially given the increased emphasis on Aotearoa New Zealand histories in the national schools’ curriculum.  Developing a greater understanding and awareness of our local histories is long overdue and this well researched book will be a great resource for generations to come.

Peter Gall

Education Consultant



'This well researched book gives a fascinating picture of the development of a vibrant, typical New Zealand rural community. The resilience, determination and sheer hard work of the people of Tikorangi involved and the challenging quality of the life and the communal infrastructures they built are vividly described in this excellent publication. Stories related extend from the first European arrivals to be landed on the Ngamotu foreshore at New Plymouth in 1840 to the present day entrepreneurs exporting Tikorangi made machines to the far corners of the world.

 This historical publication is very easy to read and will enliven the memories of the ancestors of the first settlers as they re-live the history with glimpses from this book and the stories they have so often heard and will open up the vision and hope for the future. Our ancestors overcame the challenges and thrived and so will the future of Tikorangi. Kia Kaha – stay strong

Gavin M. Faull, 

JP, B.C.A., F.C.A. (Australia and N Z), F.C.P.A. (Hong Kong), F.C.P.A. (Australia), CFInstD

Chairman and President

Swiss-Belhotel International

'Thank you for sharing your expansive book on the history of Tikorangi with me. Your dedication to the district and keeping the history alive is a huge undertaking. You have left no stone unturned. The families who developed this land, the infrastructure – you have covered it all.

The book is a must for all those people who have ancestors who have made Tikorangi what it is today.'

Rob Tucker

Tuckermedia Publishing


Peter Wilson is to be congratulated for undertaking the job of researching and compiling the story of the Tikorangi district in north Taranaki.  Drawing on archives, newspapers and memories of residents, both past and current, he has produced a readable, informative journey through the district’s rich past. Accounts of industries, sporting and social clubs, along with the families who have made Tikorangi their home, chronicle the many changes in the district over time. This book deserves to be read, not only by those associated with Tikorangi, but anyone who has an interest in rural New Zealand communities and what makes them tick.'

Kelvin Day

Kaitohutohu Matua – Kaupapa Motuhake

Principal Adviser – Strategic Projects

Bertrand Rd Suspension Bridge.jpg

The Bertrand Rd Suspension Bridge over the Waitara River provides a quick link between Tikorangi, Huirangi and Lepperton. Closed for many years then rebuilt to its original design this heritage bridge symbolises the strong link between these districts and the resilience of their residents in getting things accomplished.

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All three districts lay under the shadow of Taranaki’s mountain and are nourished by the rich volcanic soils and regular rainfall it produces.