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    Pre 1925 NZ number plate prefixes.

    Prior to 1925 each region had their own number plate prefix before the whole country ran one set up. Does anyone know where there maybe a list of the codes please?
    HW Hawera
    WG Wanganui
    WN Wellington
    etc etc

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    According to the reference I have it wasn't regions, but "registering Authorities" and shows 155 different codes! Wellington used W.N with numbers 1 upwards and W for 1001 to 2000. Source, "The NZ Motorists Guide".
    Just taking letter K because it's a small list
    Kaikoura County Council K.C
    Kaitangata County Council K
    Kaitieke County Council K.I.E
    Kawhia County Council K.W.A
    Kiwitea County Council K.W
    Kowai County Council K.C.B

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    thank you heaps, it was an early W plate we were curious about so problem solved

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    Early NZ Number Plates -

    Quote Originally Posted by jellywrestler View Post
    thank you heaps, it was an early W plate we were curious about so problem solved
    Oldfart has good information - here are a few example of early plates up to and including 1925..

    JW,

    Check these out !. some 1905 - 1908 issues.

    Name:  NZ Number plates #908 1905 - 1908 Local Plates crop R Armstrong .jpg
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    Wellington Early Plate.

    Name:  NZ Number plates #909 B Wellington 1908 crop D A Howell.jpg
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    First "National " Issue Plate - they were made in California and used the same font and size as that State of the USA.

    1925 ;
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    New Zealand Number Plates.- part of the story

    New Zealand Number Plates.
    A lot is known but much information is also lost or incorrect on the History of New Zealand Number Plates, from the early ones in this thread to the latest 3 letter 3 number issues.

    Plates are useful in identifying when a photo was taken as from 1925 to 1941 Plates were issued annually and valid July oonwards in the year of issue until June the following year.
    When in 1941, because of material [ metal ] shortages, plates were changed to a 5 yearly cycle [ 1941 -1946 ] a Registration Sticker was issued for the second and subsequent years until the next plate issue took place.

    Here are the plates issued from early 1900's until the current issue - well late 2010's. - 2017 to be precise.Thanks to Graham Freeman who wrote a 3 page article in an issue of NZ Memories in 2020. Graham has a huge collection of number plates, which he displays.

    Name:  NZ Number Plates #258 Article NZ Memories Jun Jul 2020 plate images 1906-2017 P53 Graham Freeman.jpg
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    More information on Plates issue, and Registration Stickers I will put on my Motoring pics Vintage Cars thread #1932 as even the Alloy Silver and Black Plates are well into the 30 year old category, so any cars with them qualify for VCC status.

    The thread - a link to it;

    " http://www.theroaringseason.com/show...-70-s-and-80-s "

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