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A Very Quick Trip Through The Decades

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A VERY QUICK TRIP THROUGH THE DECADES

 

 

1900s

  • Queen Victoria dies
  • New Zealand graduates from a colony to a dominion
  • Growing demand for land results in huge clearances of bush for housing
  • Maori population starts to recover from introduced diseases and land wars
  • The car, train and trams encourage development of suburbs

 

1910s

  • WW1 gives birth to the ANZAC legend
  • A brief economic boom until the Depression begins
  • More than half New Zealanders live in urban areas
  • Movies begin and aero planes take to the air.

 

1920s

  • New Zealand economy falters into the Great Depression
  • Urban drift continues
  • Large areas of native forest felled and exotic forests planted
  • Rebirth of Maori culture and Maori leaders
  • Family benefit begins
  • Fashions bring greater freedom for New Zealand women

 

1930s

  • Full effect of the world-wide depression felt
  • Rising unemployment leads to frustration and poverty
  • Relief camps for the unemployed
  • Start of WW2 in 1939

 

1940s

        New Zealand troops fighting in Europe and the Pacific until 1945

        Post-war the country starts to rebuilt

        Farming transformed by aerial topdressing and tractors

        Immigrants from Europe arrive

        The Baby Boom beins

 

1950s

  • Population passes 2 million mark
  • The Queen visits
  • Edmond Hillary conquers Everest
  • Union problems erupt on the waterfront
  • New Zealand has highest living standard in the world

 

1960s

  • National Party dominates New Zealand politics
  • Dams built and natural gas discovered
  • TV dominates the countries living rooms
  • Pop groups reflect social change
  • Public disapproval of the Vietnam War
  • Becoming aware of environmental issues – Lake Manapouri

 

1970s

  • Oil prices increase inflation and unemployment
  • Opposition to Vietnam and French nuclear testing
  • Maori land rights issues raised at Bastion Point and Raglan

 

1980s

  • Population growth slows but unemployment grows
  • New Zealand becomes nuclear free
  • 1987 stockmarket crash
  • Treaty of Waitangi issues become pivotal political issues

 

1990s

  • Inflation under control but high unemployment
  • Ist woman prime minister and 100 years of women’s suffrage

 

 

 

 

 

 


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