Tūroa Skifield celebrates 40 years of operation in 2019. In the first of a series to be published this ski season, Rachel Canning recounts the grit and determination of the road-building men and women of Ohakune.

It was a dream of a skifield above the township of Ohakune that motivated the locals to build the Ohakune Mountain Road.

In the days before iwi consultation or resource consents, yard by yard, the locals physically built and self-funded the first 9km of the Mountain Road. The road and adjoining reserve were not part of the original gift Tūroa road. It was later

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