50 Memorable NZ photos since 1950s

A DigitalNZ Story by Zokoroa

Photographs capturing 50 moments in NZ history since 1950s that have lingered on in the memory

New Zealand, NZ, History, Sport, Politics, Music, Culture, Animals, Photographs

Enduring Moment:

When you think back over the many photographs you have seen in the media, what is the most powerful, enduring image that has lingered on in your memory? Here is a profound moment captured in time with Whina Cooper:

Whina Cooper & granddaughter on hikoi (1975)

Setting off on the hikoi (the land march) from Far North to Wellington

Whina Cooper and her moko

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

TRAGIC MOMENTS: 

Inter-island ferry Wahine capsizes (1968)

Divers inspecting the sunken Wahine

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Rail disaster at Tangiwai (1953)

Destroyed railway bridge at Tangiwai

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Mt Erebus disaster (1979)

Mt Erebus Memorial

Antarctica New Zealand

Sinking of Rainbow Warrior (1985)

Rainbow Warrior after the bombing

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Christchurch earthquakes (2010-2011)

The cathedral

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Rena sinking off Tauranga & oil salvage operations (2011)

Divers check Rena wreck

Television New Zealand

Peter Snell wins Olympic gold at Rome (1960) & Tokyo (1964)

1960: 800m; 1964: 800m & 1500m (with Kiwi John Davies getting the bronze)

Peter Snell, Rome, 1960

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Murray Halberg wins Olympic gold at Rome for 5000m (1960)

Murray Halberg, Rome, 1960

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

NZ rowing eight triumphant at Munich (1972)

New Zealand rowing eight team, Munich, 1972

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

John Walker wins Olympic gold at Montreal for 1500m (1976)

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Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sarah Ulmer wins Olympic gold at Athens (2004)

Won 3000-metre individual pursuit race

Sarah Ulmer

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Caroline & Georgina Evers-Swindell win Olympic gold (2004 & 2008)

The Evers-Swindell twins' Beijing victory, 2008

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Valerie Adams wins Olympic gold (2008, 2012)

Awards also include: 4x World champion, and 4x World Indoor champion,

Adams wins another at Diamond League

Television New Zealand

Lisa Carrington wins Olympic gold (2013 & 2016)

Lisa Carrington completes golden double

Television New Zealand

Triumphant moments:

Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay atop Mt Everest (1953)

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Nepal - Mt Everest

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

 Also see Wikipedia's List of New Zealand sportspeople for other sporting triumphs. 

Godfrey Bowen sets shearing world record (1953)

Godfrey Bowen shearing a sheep, 1953

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Val Young wins five Commonwealth Games gold medals (1958 - 1974)

Won the most gold medals (5) of any NZ competitor and national titles (37 in shotput, discus, pentathlon)

Valerie Young, 1958

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Eve Rimmer wins Paralympics events (1966, 1972, 1976, 1980)

Won 14 medals (including 8 gold) in javelin, shot put, discus, swimming, archery & Pentathlon

Eve Rimmer

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Yvette Williams wins British Empire Games (1950) & Olympic gold at Helsinki for long jump (1952)

Photo of Yvette winning long jump at British Empire Games in Auckland (1950) & won Olympic gold two years later

Yvette Williams at the Empire Games, 1950

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Denny Hulme is Formula 1 World Champion (1967)

Den. Hulme (Copy from Magazine)

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

Ivan Mauger - Speedway champion (1968-1976)

Ivan Mauger

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Allison Roe wins Boston & NY City marathons (1981)

Allison Roe in the New York Marathon, 1981

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Rugby World Cup winners (1987, 2011, 2015)

All Black captain David Kirk with the Webb Ellis Cup at Eden Park, Auckland

Alexander Turnbull Library

Barbara Kendall in action winning gold (1992), silver (1996) & bronze (2000)

Barbara Kendall

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Team NZ wins America's Cup (1995, 2000, 2017)

Team NZ wins America's Cup: RNZ Checkpoint

Radio New Zealand

Black Ferns win Women's Rugby World Cup (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2017)

Farah Palmer with women's rugby World Cup

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Silver Ferns win World Cup (1967, 1979, 1987, 2003 & 2019)

Also won the Commonwealth Games in 2006 & 2010

Goal keepers: Casey Williams

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

celebrity animal moments:

Shrek the unshorn sheep (2004)

Shrek made international headlines when he was finally caught after 6 years & shorn of his massive 27-kilogram fleece

Shrek the sheep

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Opo the dolphin playing at Opononi (1955)

Jill Baker and Opo

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Charisma and Mark Todd winning Olympic gold (1984 & 1988)

Mark Todd on Charisma, Seoul, 1988

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Rastus, the motorcycling cat, and Max Corkill raised funds for the SPCA (1990s)

Rastus the motorcycle-riding cat

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sirocco the kākāpō given title of Official Spokesbird for Conservation (2010)

Sirocco featured on BBC television series "Last Chance to See" (2009)

Search for Sirocco

Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai

"Happy Feet" - Emperor Penguin (2011)

Was found on the Kapiti Coast & taken to Wellington Zoo; then released off Tangaroa ship en route to Campbell Islands

Happy Feet Release

NIWA

Stranded cows rescued after Kaikoura earthquake (2016)

Stranded cows rescued from quake island near Kaikoura

TV3

POLITICAL MOMENTS  

Students in climate change marches around NZ (2019)

Student protest for action on climate change

Palmerston North City Library

Anti-Vietnam War demonstrations (Late 1960s - early 70s)

Vietnam War protest, 1967

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Māori Queen crowned (1966)

Princess Piki was chosen to become the first Māori Queen and sixth Māori monarch

Queen Te Atairangikaahu, 1966

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Radio Hauraki broadcast from a ‘pirate’ ship anchored outside NZ waters (1966-70)

Pirate broadcaster

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Springbok rugby tour (1981)

Protesters, Springbok rugby tour, Auckland

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Suffrage 125 celebrations (2018)

Are We There Yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa - Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira

Popular culture moments: 

NZ welcoming the Beatles (1964)

The Beatles at Wellington Airport during their New Zealand tour

Alexander Turnbull Library

Sweetwaters festival at Ngāruawāhia (1980)

The first Sweetwaters festival

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Lorraine Downes crowned Miss Universe (1983)

Winning Miss Universe

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Goodnight Kiwi animation on TVNZ (1981-1994)

Goodnight Kiwi

NZ On Screen

Lorde's song 'Royals' reaching no. 1 in US & wins Grammy awards (2013-14)

Lorde with her Grammy awards, 2014

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Out of this world moments:

TVNZ screening Apollo II moon landing (1969)

The Moon Landing

DigitalNZ

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