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This Month in NZ History

The End of the Golden Summer
9 March 1956
Opo was a bottlenose dolphin who became famous throughout New Zealand during the summer of 1956/57 for playing with the children of the small town of Opononi on the Hokianga Harbour. Opo’s playful antics included juggling beach balls and beer bottles on her snout.
Opo attracted thousands of holidaymakers to Opononi, and she seemed to enjoy the attention. But on 9 March 1956, Opo was found dead, jammed in a crevice between rocks. The people of Opononi were devastated by her death and buried her above the beach where she had entertained so many. Messages of sympathy poured in from around the country, including from the governor-general.
Opo’s life was remembered in song, books and film.  
This film clip was screened in 1956, the year of her death. It includes the song ‘Opo the friendly dolphin’, written by Crombie Murdoch.

What was it like in Kāpiti in the 1840s?

Below are some images used in our Waitangi Day 2015 displays. They show Kāpiti as it was around the time of the Treaty. Click on the image to see the original copy held by the National Library.






The Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Historical Photograph Collection  holds a range of interesting images of local people, places and events. If you would like to see more of our collection - contact the Heritage & Māori Collections Co-ordinator. 

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Word of the Week

taihoa: wait! hang on!
Taihoa, ka tīmata ai tātou.
Wait and we'll begin.