Christmas in New Zealand is less about snow and sleigh bells and more about sun, sand and backyard barbecues. Over the holiday season we explore the Kiwi Christmas experience –
from Abel Tasman’s first New Zealand Christmas in 1642 to the declining
reign of the Queen’s message
A range of commemorative items and souvenirs were produced to celebrate the All Whites’ appearance at the 1982 World Cup finals, including this ‘NZ World Cup Soccer Team’ biscuit tin. Those featured are: back row (left to right): Glenn Dods, Billy McClure, Brian Turner, Sam Malcolmson, Peter Simonsen, Dave Bright; middle row: John Adshead (coach), Keith Mackay, Grant Turner, Richard Wilson, Frank van Hattum, Ricki Herbert, John Hill, Kevin Fallon (assistant coach); front row: Duncan Cole, Allan Boath, Steve Sumner (captain), Bobby Almond, Adrian Elrick, Steve Wooddin; insets: Barry Pickering (top), Wynton Rufer.
Before the middle of the twentieth century, most apples sold in New Zealand were soft and floury, useful as pie fillings or for baking. New, crisper varieties for eating, such as Pacific Rose and Braeburn, were developed from the 1950s.