Kōrero: Wellington region

Centennial Exhibition

Sprawling across a large site at Rongotai, the Centennial Exhibition ran for six months in 1939–40. It celebrated New Zealand’s progress since its founding in 1840. The exhibition’s designer, architect Edward Anscombe, filmed visitors to the site. This clip (from one of New Zealand’s first colour movies) shows the central concourse, William Trethewey’s statue of Kupe, a plane landing at Rongotai airport, a miniature railway, and the roller coaster.

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Video by Edmund Anscombe

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Boom and bust: 1900–1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/13257/centennial-exhibition (accessed 21 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015