In the early 1970s, the population of New Zealand reached three million. The economy was steadily growing but the inflation and unemployment rates were very high, thousands of people emigrated to Australia. The global oil crisis of 1973 and Britain’s entry into the European Economic community affected the exports of the country. The government borrowed funds from overseas and ran up huge budgetary deficits.
In the early 1970s, there was a single state-run television channel, the second channel began broadcasting in 1975. Color televisions arrived in New Zealand in 1973, but they were not affordable for every household. Music videos were coming into vogue but talent shows remained popular. The women’s movement grew in strength through the decade, influencing significant legislative and social changes.
Take a look at these stunning vintage photos that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of New Zealand in the 1970s.