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Rails lost in grass
As global warming squeezes us in an effort to make us think more about the environment we have seen a decline here in New Zealand of coal fire power stations.

Meremere power station was shut down in the late 90s and was left to rust into the soil.  An Australian company had grandiose ideas to use it's furnaces to burn Auckland City's massive rubbish output but the "Clean Green Brigade" of NZ put paid to that and the place continued rusting as the rubbish pile grew.

I used to patrol up around Meremere and it always kept us busy as thousands of Auckland motorists poured South along State Highway One into the Waikato Region and crashed into each other at break-neck speeds.  If they were lucky I met them before they did this rather than afterwards.

Meremere was the Northern entrance to the Waikato and the old highway has since been turned into a dual carriageway express system.  I don't work in the Waikato any longer but my old workmates tell me the road is no longer the killing fields it once was.  I should hope not!

As you travel South from Auckland along SH One you follow the mighty Waikato River to your right. 
  There are about 7 hydro dams along the river's length.  Not only is this a much greener way of generating power but the resulting lakes behind the dams make for great playgrounds if you have some sort of vessle.
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Rails lost in grass
Rails lost in grass
Decommissioned Meremere Power Stat…
Decommissioned Meremere Power Sta…
Coalfields Road buckets no longer …
Coalfields Road buckets no longer…
No fires burning here
No fires burning here
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