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Events In History


Rowing in New Zealand

  • Rowing in New Zealand

    The 2010 World Rowing Championships was the third major international rowing event to be held at Lake Karāpiro in Waikato. Find out about earlier events and other fascinating stories from New Zealand's rich rowing past.

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  • Page 4 - The world comes to KarāpiroLake Karāpiro's potential to become the best rowing venue in a country with few straight sheltered courses was soon recognised and it hosted the 1950 Empire Games and the 1978

Sport, 1940-1960

  • Sport, 1940-1960

    The mid-century decades brought more mass participation in sport, the consolidation of many national competitions, and greater achievement at international level.

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  • Page 4 – Competitors and spectators

    Sports participation and spectatorship were the only daytime leisure activities to rival home-centred pursuits such as gardening in this period. New Zealand's hosting of


  • Williams, Yvette Winifred

    The sports writer Peter Heidenstrom rated Yvette Williams as his 'New Zealand Athlete of the Century'. There is no doubt that she was one of our greatest-ever athletes - and probably the most versatile. 

  • Walker, John George

    John Walker is one of New Zealand's track heroes. His athletic career was punctuated by memorable performances and noted for its longevity