Events In History
19 November 1992Fred Hollows Foundation launched in NZ
The foundation was established in Australia by the Kiwi-born ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to treat eye problems in poorer countries. Within six years 200,000 people had their sight restored through cataract surgery. Read more...
5 August 1988Cartwright Report condemns cervical cancer treatment
The report was triggered by Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle's Metro article, 'An Unfortunate Experiment'. Published in June 1987, this claimed that dozens of cervical cancer patients at National Women's Hospital were receiving inadequate treatment. Read more...
10 February 1967End of free school milk
The school milk scheme was begun in 1937 as part of the first Labour government's strategy to improve child health. Read more...
3 September 1958First open-heart surgery in NZ
Pioneering heart surgeon Brian Barratt-Boyes performed the surgery using a heart-lung bypass machine. The procedure, at Green Lane Hospital in Auckland, was performed on an 11-year-old girl with a hole in her heart. Read more...
Page 1 – School of Radiant Living
It was known as Radiant Living - an alternative lifestyle and health movement which counted Sir Edmund Hillary among its adherents. Listen to an interview with founder Herbert Sutcliffe.
Page 2 – Herbert Sutcliffe
Biography of the founder of the School of Radiant Living in New Zealand
Page 3 – Teachings
The teachings of Radiant Living were complex and involved holistic psychological, physical and spiritual health.
Page 4 – Peloha
'On yonder hill you will pitch your tent' prophesied the daughter of Golden Dawn founder Robert Felkin to Herbert Sutcliffe, as she pointed towards Te Mata Peak.
Page 5 – The Havelock work
Havelock North has long been a centre of 'alternative thought' or liberal theology in New Zealand.
Page 6 – Origins of Radiant Living
Radiant Living emerged from the American-based philosophical movement New Thought, which gained popularity in the late 19th century
Page 7 – Edmund Hillary
One of the first New Zealand schools of Radiant Living was established in Auckland. Its secretary was Gertrude Hillary who reported progress early in 1939. Her son, Edmund, was
Page 8 – The eliminating diet
To obtain physical fitness, it is of vital importance that the right mental attitude should accompany the food diet to enable the emotions, nerves and glands to co-operate
Page 9 – Salad recipes
Colour, beauty, exquisite artistry find joyous expression in the Art of Salad Making. The homemaker who serves salads so deliciously and artistically tempting that the
Page 1 – The 1918 flu pandemic
The lethal influenza pandemic that struck New Zealand between October and December 1918 killed more than 8600 people in two months. No other event has claimed so many New
Page 2 – The pandemic begins abroad
The 1918 influenza pandemic was commonly referred to as ‘the Spanish flu’ but it did not originate in Spain.
Page 3 – The pandemic hits New Zealand
Many people believed that the second wave of the 1918 influenza pandemic arrived in New Zealand in the form of ‘a deadly new virus’ on board the RMS Niagara.
Page 4 – Uneven rates of death
No other event has killed so many New Zealanders in so short a space of time. While the First World War claimed the lives of more than 18,000 New Zealand soldiers over a four-
Page 5 – Response to the influenza pandemic
There were consistencies in New Zealand's response to the influenza pandemic. Many of these arose out of a circular telegram the Health Minister, George Russell, issued to all
Page 6 – Aftermath
Robert Makgill Following the pandemic speculation continued over the Niagara's involvement in bringing the virus to New Zealand.
Page 8 – South Island influenza death rates
Death rates in South Island towns and counties from the influenza pandemic
Page 2 – Peopling New Zealand
The Labour Department was responsible for setting up and administering the assisted immigration scheme
- Page 2 - Peopling New ZealandThe Labour Department was responsible for setting up and administering the assisted immigration
Page 2 – Children's health
By the late 1940s all New Zealand children had a medical examination on entering school, and were seen by a nurse at standards two and six. These examinations helped
- Page 2 - Children's health By the late 1940s all New Zealand children had a medical examination on entering school, and were seen by a nurse at standards two and six. These examinations helped identify
Page 4 – Reforming the law
To bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Member of Parliament Fran Wilde.
- Page 4 - Reforming the lawTo bring about change in the law, the gay movement needed a parliamentary champion. It found one in Member of Parliament Fran
Page 2 – Schools in 1914
The head of the Department of Education believed that ‘moral purpose should dominate the spirit of the whole school life.’ Schools and teachers were to shape children into
- Page 2 - Schools in 1914The head of the Department of Education believed that ‘moral purpose should dominate the spirit of the whole school life.’ Schools and teachers were to shape children into
Page 4 – Hospital ships
In May 1915, as the casualty lists mounted at Gallipoli, the government chartered a hospital ship, the Union Company's 5282-ton trans-Tasman liner Maheno
- Page 4 - Hospital shipsIn May 1915, as the casualty lists mounted at Gallipoli, the government chartered a hospital ship, the Union Company's 5282-ton trans-Tasman liner
Page 7 – Soldiers' experience
Life for the New Zealand soldier on Gallipoli was tough. They struggled with the harsh environment, living and fighting amongst the deep ravines and high cliffs that towered
- Page 7 - Soldiers' experienceLife for the New Zealand soldier on Gallipoli was tough. They struggled with the harsh environment, living and fighting amongst the deep ravines and high cliffs that towered above
Page 8 – Helping the wounded
More than 14,000 New Zealanders were wounded between June and December 1917 in Belgium, and medical staff, orderlies, chaplains and stretcher-bearers worked round the clock to
- Page 8 - Helping the woundedMore than 14,000 New Zealanders were wounded between June and December 1917 in Belgium, and medical staff, orderlies, chaplains and stretcher-bearers worked round the clock to
Page 5 – Economic, social and political impact
The First World War opened the Pacific Islands to the world more than they ever had been before.
- Page 5 - Economic, social and political impactThe First World War opened the Pacific Islands to the world more than they ever had been
Page 5 – Life on board
What was life like aboard a hospital ship? That largely depended on your job, your rank and your gender.
Page 6 – Later service and legacies
The Marama missed Gallipoli, reaching the Mediterranean a few weeks after the Allies abandoned the peninsula. The ships’ service pattern would now be dominated by long voyages
Buck, Peter Henry
Biography of doctor, politician and anthropologist Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hīroa)Read more...
At Green Lane Hospital Barratt-Boyes pioneered new surgical techniques involving the replacement of defective heart valves.Read more...
Makgill, Robert Haldane
Robert Makgill was a key figure in the development of New Zealand's public health system. He was one of the country's first district health officers and played a crucial role during the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic.Read more...
Cruickshank, Margaret Barnet
Margaret Cruickshank was the first woman to be registered as a doctor in New Zealand. She worked tirelessly during the 1918 influenza pandemic but eventually caught the disease herself and died on 28 November 1918.Read more...
Begg, Charles Mackie
Charles Begg was New Zealand's most decorated member of the Medical Corps during the First World War. He played a major role in the treatment of troops during the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.Read more...
Jolly, Douglas Waddell
Dr Doug Jolly pioneered mobile emergency surgery during the Spanish Civil War. He is described by US medical historian David Adamas as ‘one of the most notable war surgeons of the 20th century’.Read more...
Rout, Ettie Annie
Ettie Rout gained an infamous public profile as a safe-sex campaigner during the First World War.Read more...
King, Frederick Truby
Dr Frederick Truby King provided the impetus for The Society for the Promotion of the Health of Women and Children, commonly known as the Plunket Society.Read more...
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