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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

It happened then

Some key events in New Zealand since 1960.

Seat belts became compulsory for all new cars and light trucks. 2

The Secretary of the Atomic Energy Committee, J T O'Leary, announced that New Zealand's first atomic power station would probably be built on the Kaipara Harbour shoreline. Planning and Building would take seven years and the 1000 megawatt plant would be able to supply two thirds of North Island electricity. 3

The Wellington-Auckland express was hauled by steam locomotives for the last time. It would be 1971 before the last South Island steam powered Christchurch-Dunedin express ran. 3

The Benmore power station on the Waitaki River was opened and was feeding power to the North Island two months later. 3

TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd.) became Air New Zealand. 2

Two masked prisoners armed with a gun attacked a warder and sparked a 33 hour riot involving 292 inmates at Mt Eden prison. Prisoners took over the prison and set it on fire. 3

The Lawson quintuplets were born at National Women's Hospital, Auckland. 3

Mangere airport, renamed Auckland International Airport, began operating with services run by Air New Zealand, Qantas, BOAC, and Pan American to Australia and the Pacific. 3

Norman Kirk, a former stationary engine driver, became leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party, replacing Arnold Nordmeyer. 3

2  The Dominion
3  from the forthcoming Day by Day in New Zealand History by Jim Sullivan