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The Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964

They shook up the world, and in 1964, the Beatles shook New Zealand.

On the 21st June 1964, The Beatles touched down in New Zealand to play twelve shows in all four major cities over seven days.

I think that screaming was definitely part of the enjoyment of being there.  It wasn’t a concert, it was more an expression of teenage rebellion. - Jimmy, Beatles fan, Wellington

Keith Holyoake was Prime Minister, the pubs closed at 6 o’clock and TV was in black and white. Recent touring performers of note had been The Vienna Boys Choir, pianist Arthur Rubenstein and Vera Lynn. It was a tour that had a seismic cultural impact on New Zealand.

It was "life changing" … Fab, Gear and Groovy! New Zealand  - and certainly Dunedin -  had never seen anything like it. Even the King Of Thailand's Royal visit to the City paled into insignificance.  - Series presenter Wayne Mowat

 

 

 


Video from the collection of Ali Zayeri.

Beatles in NZ Tour programme front cover
Beatles in NZ Tour programme front cover, from the Wayne Mowat collection.

More about the Beatles 1964 tour

Your Stories of The Beatles in New Zealand

The Beatles in New Zealand on the AudioCulture website

The Beatles influence on NZ pop on the AudioCulture website

The Beatles in New Zealand on the NZ History website

A film clip of The Beatles arrival on the Te Ara website

 

The Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964 radio series is presented by Wayne Mowat, produced by Trevor Reekie and engineered by Jeremy Ansell for Radio New Zealand National, with archive audio courtesy of
Sound Archives
Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

 

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Beatles in NZ Tour programme inside intro page
Beatles show programme, introduction page.

Beatles in NZ Tour programme inside coffee advert
Inside the Kerridge Odeon Beatles NZ Tour Programme. Is coffee really necessary?

Beatles in NZ Tour programme inside bios cropped
Beatles NZ Tour programme, band biographies.


Dominion Post Flyer Summit Fails Beatles Arrive June
Dominion Post: Summit Fails / Beatles Arrive.

Beatle Boots and show programme from the collection of Garry Bell Auckland photo RNZ Sam Wicks cropped
Original Beatle boots and show programme from the collection of Garry Bell, Auckland. Photo RNZ/Sam Wicks.