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Pretty or Plane? New Plymouth Airport

20 February 2015

Is this “one of the prettiest airports in New Zealand”? People certainly thought so when New Plymouth’s new airport opened in March 1967.  Replacing Bell Block’s old grass runway that had been in use since the 1920s, the... read more

Hallowed Turf

14 June 2014

New Plymouth’s Rugby Park was a simple, tree fringed venue with its most famous days still ahead of it when this two part panoramic photograph was taken between 1947 and 1950. The ground, now known as Yarrow Stadium, hosted its first game on... read more

Boxing Programme Donovan v Sarron Contest

24 May 2011

On March 15,1930, Western Park was the venue for a much anticipated boxing bout between featherweight boxer Tom Donovan, a Waitara fighter, and American Pete Sarron. Due to the professional status of Sarron, possibly the finest featherweight boxer... read more