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This Week in NZ History

30 January, 1911

Bookies Banned from NZ Racecourses

Until the 1980s betting on horses was one of only two significant forms of gambling in New Zealand (the other being lotteries). In 1910 bookmakers were made illegal, but on-course betting using the totalisator remained.


Women attending a Māori racing club meeting at Ōtaki, circa 1900.

Alexander Turnbull Library

The Historical Photograph Collection holds a range of interesting images of local people, places and events - including these early photographs of Paraparaumu School. 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

Poihākena / Sydney (Port Jackson)

He taone nui a Poihākena.
Sydney is a big city!