| This book outlines New Zealand's huge Waikato open-cast mine's colourful history. It takes readers back to the late 1950s and 1960s, when the mine was operating at its peak. The rich coal seam was one of the primary sources for coal for the Waikato region and supplied fuel to the Meremere power station in the 1960s and 1970s. Removing the massive amounts of earth necessary to reach the coal was the mission of Otahuhu-based company W. Stevenson & Sons. Its hardy employees worked in choking dust and searing heat through long, hot summers. The fleet of predominantly Caterpillar equipment operated at Kopuku was once the biggest privately owned collection of Cats in the southern hemisphere, numbering more than 100 machines - these being maintained by Goughs, New Zealand?s Caterpillar agency. 80 pages. 106 b&w ill. h/b.