My prior knowledge
It goes from panmure to pakuranga
It’s next to panmure bridge that is next to kaiaiku
Before the bridge!
Before panmure bridge existed, there was a Ferry service that was established. A man called hemi pepene ran a ferry service from 1846 to 1850. He was an adopted son of missionary called william furnburn. He built his own ferry boat.
They did a daily survey on the panmure punt from 20 january to 2 february 1862.
In the 1850’s the tamaki river was considered to be one of the busiest waterways in New Zealand. In 1849 the union bridge was proposed to link the two suburbs of howich and panmure. It was suggested that they should build a suspension bridge but it would cost $1000. They had a competition to see who had different ideas about the bridge, the person who won could win $50. They had a toll that the people had to pay be 5 cent 10 cent when they wanted to cross over and if you have animals with you,you have to pay for them too. Construction of the bridge began in October 1864. The bridge was made from Totara trees. They had the longest poles and piles that had ever been used in the province.
The new bridge will be 158.5km in length and 9.12m wide.Motor vehicles were displacing horses and a wider bridge was desirable.Finally he cut the ribbon and drove a heavy traction engine across the new bridge to prove the ability of the structure to take heavy loads.
14th August 1916 the new concrete bridge was formally opened by the Prime Minister the Right Hon However by 1930 serious faults in the new bridge were reported when a large crack across the full width of the bridge at the southern end was discovered.This bridge was demolished in 1959 after the present bridge was opened.The concrete Panmure Bridge 1927 - and the remnant of the old first bridge
A new bridge was built in 1959. This latter bridge is a three-lane reinforced high-level bridge, with the centre lane used for westwards traffic flow in the morning and eastwards in the afternoon.