Sunday, 28 February 2016

1974 - a year in Kiwi Culture

My third year at Boys High School, the year many things became entrenched in our culture. This blog celebrates a period from my life.


 Cars, of a muscle variety.  Back in those days our cars were either British or Australian.  A Japanese car didn't appear in numbers until the Datsun (Nissan) 180B or the Toyota Crown, and yes very rare vehicles. And American cars were very rare, especially muscle cars.

So here are the 1974 Muscle men!!

Holden Monaro                                                                










                                                                                      Valiant Charger



Ford Falcon XBGT

and the ugly duckling Leyland P76


Only one kiwi Number One Space Waltz "Out on the Street."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_singles_in_1974_(New_Zealand)

Who forgets the Comm Games and the Superannuation Act passed in Parliament.

  • Economist Dr W.B. Sutch was charged with spying following ‘surreptitious and clandestine’ meetings with a Russian diplomat.
  • The Electoral Amendment Act lowered the voting age from 20 to 18
  • The Auckland Medical Aid Centre, the country’s first abortion clinic, opened in Remuera. Patients faced constant harassment and the clinic was damaged in an arson attack.
  • Witi Ihimaera won the Sir James Wattie book award for Tangi (1973), the first published novel in English by a Māori writer.
  • The Committee on Women established to advise the government on a wide range of issues relevant to achieving social, economic, and political equality for women.
  • Robert Muldoon deposed Jack Marshall as leader of the National Party.
  • The Bull Dogs All-Star Goodtime Band was the group of the year. Glam-rockers Space Waltz became the first local act for three years to reach number 1 with ‘Out on the street’.
  • New Zealand cricket team defeated Australia for the first time, winning by five wickets at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park.
  • The Accident Compensation Commission came into being. Kiwis gave up the right to sue for compensation in exchange for a scheme which provided for accident victims through levies on earners, employers and vehicle owners.
Oh forgot this one: Ebony and their tribute to Prime Minister Norm Kirk.

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