Before the Bridge!
In 1845 there was a man named Hemi pepene. Hemi pepene ran a Ferry service that went from panmure to pakuranga. Hemi pepene’s ferry service ran from 1845 to 1850. Hemi pepene made his boat by himself. The boat he made was a punt boat. Hemi pepene was an adopted son of a missionary. Hemi pepene was a successful farmer and he took his boat to sydney to sell his food.
In the 1850’s the tamaki river was considered to be one of the busiest waterways in New Zealand. The auckland council said that whoever had the best plan then they would give the person $50. People that crossed the bridge they had to pay money to a man. The man that did it was named a toll keeper. A toll keeper is a person that opens and closes the bridge. Work on the bridge started on october 1864. The first panmure bridge was a swingbridge. Some swing bridges can go sideways and some can go up. This one it went sideways. Sometimes it takes people a lot of time to open or close.Most cutters, scows and trading vessels were sailing ships that needed great skill to negotiate the small opening with difficult tidal rips.
By 1913 it was obvious that a new bridge was required. They had to reinforce concrete. Motor vehicles were displacing horses and a wider bridge was desirable.
By 1913 it was obvious that a new bridge would be required. Reinforce concrete.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.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.
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.