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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

It happened then

Some key events in New Zealand since 1960.

The trial began of Dr William Sutch, retired Secreatry of Industries and Commerce, on charges under the 1951 Official Secrets Act alleging that he had passed information to a Russian agent. Sutch was acquitted. 3

TV-2 began broadcasting, choosing for its opening broadcast NZ's first telethon, raising nearly $600,000 for the St John's Ambulance. 2

The NZ drama series Close to Home began. 2

The NZBC was replaced by its component parts: Television One, Television Two, and Radio New Zealand. Each had its own board. TV1 was Wellington and Dunedin based while TV2 worked out of Auckland and Christchurch. 3

Mount Ruapehu erupted and the Staircase Kiosk was damaged by a lahar. 2

New Zealand roads now had metric speed limits. 2

John Walker set a new world record for the mile of 3 minutes and 49.4 seconds and became the first to break the 3m 50s barrier. 3

New Zealand's largest protest march, bearing the banner 'Te Roopu oto Matakite', arrived at Parliament having left Te Hapua in Northland on 14th September. The land march was led by 80-year-old Whina Cooper and carried a petition opposing the sale of any more Maori land. 3

The one millionth New Zealand telephone subscriber was connected. 2

New Zealand's first male kindergarten teacher graduated from Dunedin's Teachers' College. He was David Carmichael who had already been a lecturer at the Kindergarten Teachers' College. 3

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