“Te Kopuru-Dargaville Bus Company Ltd: the story of a small New Zealand rural bus operator” (3rd edition) by Clive Otway & Sean Millar. ISBN 978-0-908726-97-4. NZD $10.00. To buy please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Postage within NZ NZD $3.00 if purchased singly, free if purchased with any other book. Overseas postage charged at cost.
Third edition. A4 format, staple bound. 24 pages, with the covers printed in full colour, and the remainder in b&w.
An illustrated history of a Northland-based rural bus operator with an unusual ownership structure and a distinctive fleet. The Company’s existence spanned the heyday of rural bus operation in New Zealand. Prior to the its establishment in 1919, roads were generally too poor, and vehicles too fragile, to make widespread rural bus operation viable. By the time the Company closed in 1960, increasing levels of car ownership were causing a major decline in scheduled rural bus services. While many similar stories could be told of operators throughout New Zealand, each story is also unique. The Te Kopuru-Dargaville Bus Company, for instance, had a distinctive ownership structure, quite unlike that of most rural operators of the time. This booklet is a celebration of an era in the life of rural New Zealand which has now passed, and of the Company itself, and all who served it.
The Early Years, 1929-1945
Depression & War Years, 1945-1960
The Final Years
The Diamond T’s
Appendix I – the Bus Fleet
Appendix 2 – Senior personnel