Excerpt from the Wairarapa Daily Times, dated 31 October 1893:
"The Tenui bridge again calls for immediate steps being taken either to thoroughly repair it or erect a temporary span suitable for pedestrians. It is really disgusting, indecent, and a standing disgrace to those responsible for the delay. Ladies journeying to and from Castlepoint, may, at any moment, be confronted by a naked man just emerging from the river as he has waded across. The other day two or three men, in primitive dress, were seen running about the banks driving horses across, and some females were stopped just in time to avoid the unseemly sight. If some unfortunate swagger is drowned, or the mails lost then perhaps the bridge will be repaired."