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Craig Heatley and Allan Hawkins, 1984

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Two high-flying 1980s businessmen were Craig Heatley and Allan Hawkins, shown in May 1984 when the Rainbow Corporation first listed on the stock exchange. Heatley was managing director and Hawkins chairman of the corporation, which eventually owned an amusement park, property, and stakes in many ...

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Commentary by Winston McCarthy

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The success of the 1905 All Blacks rugby tour of Britain established the importance of the game in the eyes of many New Zealanders, and by the 1920s it had become a major spectator sport. The high point of public interest came in the 1950s when crowds of up to 50,000 people attended the games. ...

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Rook call

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Rooks have a distinctive harsh call, which makes them very unpopular with the human inhabitants of Hawke’s Bay. They are also skilled at stripping horticultural crops of their edible parts, elevating them to true pest status. Sound ...

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Ambulance communications

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Callers dialing 111 are asked whether they need fire, ambulance or police, and are connected with the appropriate communications centre. Those requiring an ambulance speak to a qualified operator, such as this St John’s officer, who gives instructions on caring for the patient until the ...

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Smith's bookshop, Christchurch

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Smith’s in Christchurch was first established in 1894 and has sold second-hand books since 1966. The historic building on Manchester Street has three storeys full of books, maps, sheet music, old photographs, postcards and engravings. In the sound clip from 2003 a customer explains the ...

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Stuck in the suburbs

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

By 1965 the sprawling state-housing suburb of Cannons Creek, Porirua East, had been developed over what were formerly gorse-clad hills. In the 1960s the new suburbs sprawling across New Zealand's urban landscape came under attack for failing to provide a sense of community for many of their ...

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Ferdinand the bull

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ferdinand the bull has been a Taranaki rugby mascot since the 1950s, and has appeared in a number of guises. This smoke-exhaling version is 'Big Ferdie',  built for a June 2005 match against the Lions. In the audio clip, Taranaki rugby supporters sing of Ferdinand’s talents, to the ...

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Bruce Levy speaks about grasslands

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

For tussock-covered South Island hill country to be suitable for stock grazing, it needed to be sown with improved pasture species. Plant breeding and selection from the introduced English varieties produced clovers that could establish themselves rapidly and provide a nitrogen source for ...

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Europa petrol station

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

During the 1930s Europa was one of the brand names under which imported petrol was sold to New Zealand motorists. This radio jingle was used to advertise the fuel to motorists. Europa petrol was sold by the Todd Corporation, a large company which imported and assembled cars. Sound file ...

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Produce auction

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Jack Forsyth of Turners and Growers talks about the busy scene in the wholesale produce markets when an auction was in full swing. In this picture the auctioneer is the man bending over his price sheets at the back. The man on the right is making a bid. The other potential bidders are inspecting ...

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Winston McCarthy's rugby commentary, 1956

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Winston McCarthy was a legendary radio commentator in the 1950s. He commentated during the famous series between the All Blacks and the Springboks in 1956. The final and deciding test was in Auckland, when a crowd of over 50,000 crammed into the ground. Listen to McCarthy describing Don Clarke's ...

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Gathering shellfish at Motunui reef

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

These Te Āti Awa kuia (female elders) are collecting seafood in the early 1980s in the traditional manner, not far from a proposed outfall from the Motunui synthetic petrol plant. The Waitangi Tribunal, however, in a landmark decision, ruled that the Crown had to protect traditional Māori ...

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‘Kiwis care’ march

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to Tania Harris (centre) and other participants talk about the ‘Kiwis care’ march down Queen Street in 1981. Two of the speakers highlight a widely held public perception that industrial unrest was caused by expatriate British unionists – often called 'Pommie stirrers'.

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Power cuts

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Power cuts, common after the Second World War, made New Zealanders return to old habits and take on new ones. This photograph shows people queuing to buy kerosene lamps during power restrictions in 1956. The lamps had been the standard source of light in New Zealand homes until the early 20th ...

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Parihaka

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mt Taranaki forms a dramatic backdrop to the established settlement of Parihaka, painted by George Clarendon Beale around 1881. In the 1870s Parihaka became a centre for peaceful resistance to the land confiscations that followed the Taranaki wars of the previous decade. Populated by followers of...

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'His name is higher', with David and Dale Garratt

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 1974 New Zealand charismatic Christian pastors David and Dale Garratt held huge outdoor meetings at racetracks in Palmerston North and Tauranga. Each was attended by about 3,000 people and the Garratts led them in singing devotional songs. These were recorded and later released as ...

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Ron Brierley, 1970

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ron Brierley, born in 1937, established his investment firm Brierley Investments Ltd (BIL) in 1961. He invested in companies with low share prices and valuable assets. His style of corporate raiding was not always welcomed by the stock exchange, which in the late 1960s refused to list BIL. ...

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Michael Boulgaris

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Real estate agent Michael Boulgaris had a high profile in New Zealand in the early 2000s. Known as the ‘million-dollar man’ because of his reputation for selling million-dollar homes from a young age, he featured on popular television real estate programmes Location location ...

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Rural delivery mail

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The many small farming settlements in New Zealand have relied on the rural delivery service for over a hundred years. This farmer in the Ruapehu district clears the newspapers, letters and parcels in his rural delivery mailbox, in the 1940s. Listen to rural delivery man Doug Wilson talk ...

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Beeville

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

A resident picks apples at Beeville, near Morrinsville, in a 1970s photo by Ans Westra. Founded in 1933, the anarchist community of Beeville grew out of the extended family of Ray Hansen. Honey production provided a major part of the community's income – hence the name Beeville. ...

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