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30th July 1979 Carless days introduced Carless days for motor vehicles were introduced to combat the second oil shock. They did little to reduce petrol consumption and were scrapped in May 1980. Under the legislation all private motor vehicle owners selected … Continue reading
15th June 1959 Chinese gooseberry becomes kiwifruit The prominent produce company Turners and Growers announced that they would from now on export the Chinese gooseberry under the name ‘kiwifruit’. Introduced to this country in 1904, kiwifruit are now grown worldwide, with … Continue reading
10 June 1886 Eruption of Mt Tarawera The eruption lasted six hours and caused massive destruction. Several villages were destroyed, along with the famous silica hot springs known as the Pink and White Terraces. Approximately 120 people, nearly all Māori, lost … Continue reading
30th May 1959 Auckland harbour bridge opened The original four-lane Auckland harbour bridge was built across the narrowest part of Auckland Harbour, between St Marys Bay on the city side and Northcote Point on the North Shore. It took four years … Continue reading
13th May 1995 NZ wins the America’s Cup for the first time Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter Montgomery’s famous line ‘the America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s cup!’. The phrase was repeated over and over … Continue reading