50 Amazing Photos of New Zealand in the 1970s

New Zealand’s population reached three million in late 1973. The rate of natural increase then slowed as the contraceptive pill became more widely used and an economic downturn meant that young couples were less eager to start families. There were also more emigrants and fewer immigrants. The population had only reached 3.2 million by theContinue reading “50 Amazing Photos of New Zealand in the 1970s”

Before Merging With Air New Zealand: 25 Fabulous Photos Show the NAC Air Hostess Uniforms From the 1950s and 1970s

Founded 1947, New Zealand National Airways Corporation, popularly known as NAC, was the national domestic airline of New Zealand from 1947 until 1978 when it amalgamated with New Zealand’s international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington. By the time of the merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25Continue reading “Before Merging With Air New Zealand: 25 Fabulous Photos Show the NAC Air Hostess Uniforms From the 1950s and 1970s”

30 Amazing Portraits of Maori Women With Their Traditional Chin Tattoos From the Early 20th Century

For New Zealand Maori women, the moko kauae, or traditional female chin tattoo, is considered a physical manifestation of their true identity. It is believed every Maori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface. The Maori areContinue reading “30 Amazing Portraits of Maori Women With Their Traditional Chin Tattoos From the Early 20th Century”

Major General Horatio Gordon Robley With His Collection of Tattooed Maori Heads, 1895

Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930) was a British army officer and artist who served in New Zealand during the New Zealand land wars in the 1860s. He was interested in ethnology and fascinated by the art of tattooing as well as being a talented illustrator. He wrote two books relating to his time in New Zealand,Continue reading “Major General Horatio Gordon Robley With His Collection of Tattooed Maori Heads, 1895”

60 Interesting Black and White Photos Showing Life in New Zealand During the Early 1970s

New Zealand (Maori: Aotearoa) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Maui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of AustraliaContinue reading “60 Interesting Black and White Photos Showing Life in New Zealand During the Early 1970s”

30 Fantastic Photos of Life in New Zealand from the 1960s to early 1980s

New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 700 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across theContinue reading “30 Fantastic Photos of Life in New Zealand from the 1960s to early 1980s”

Vintage portraits of the last traditionally tattooed Maori women before the Ta Moko tattoos were outlawed by British colonialists, 1890-1910

These late-19th and early-20th century photographs show some of the last Maori women to wear the traditional Ta moko face marking before it was outlawed by British colonialists. Ta moko is the name for the permanent body and face marking by Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. The tattoos depicted the story of theContinue reading “Vintage portraits of the last traditionally tattooed Maori women before the Ta Moko tattoos were outlawed by British colonialists, 1890-1910”