Story: United States and New Zealand

New Zealand's day with 'LBJ' (1st of 2)

In 1966 US President Lyndon Johnson arrived at Ōhakea airport to begin his 24 hour visit to New Zealand. It was during the early stages of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, but as this film shows, the welcome at that time from New Zealanders was warm. Protesters were few and barely visible. The president's personal charisma and the fact that he had previously visited the country during the Second World War helped to engender popular enthusiasm.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 184. National Film Unit, 1966

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How to cite this page:

Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, 'United States and New Zealand - Allies, 1939–1984', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2020)

Story by Robert Ayson and Jock Phillips, published 20 Jun 2012