Images of the Decade
by Jeremy Greenbrook-Held
The Standard have posted a link to the Guardian’s Ten Images of the Noughties. It’s an interesting, yet very UK-focused collection of photos (for example, Jade Goody hardly defined my decade – I had to Google her to see who she was).
Personally, the past decade have been rather special for me – it’s pretty safe to say that this decade is the first that I actively remember – for example, I clearly remember seeing the year 2000 in (I was on top of the downtown parking building in Auckland, drinking Lindauer out of the bottle in the driving rain) – in contrast, I don’t remember a huge amount about 1990.
What are the images you most remember about the past 10 years? A few of mine a below the fold.
The Lord of the Rings comes to Wellington
(Image: Wellington City Council)
1 December, 2003: Wellington hosted the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Crowds massing close to 120,000 lined Wellington’s streets to salute The Lord of the Rings filmmakers and stars as they paraded through the central city in open top classic cars. Led by a group of Maori conch callers, the parade also included groups of The Lord of the Rings characters – Hobbits, Orcs, Elves, Rohan, Gondorian soldiers, Ringwraith Riders, Easterlings and Uruk Hai. (From the Wellington City Council)
Seabed and Foreshore Hikoi
5 May 2004: The Seabed and Foreshore hikoi (a long walk or march — in this case, a protest march) arrived in Wellington. It had begun in Northland thirteen days earlier, picking up supporters as they drove to the capital. The hikoi, which some estimated to contain fifteen thousand people by the time it reached Parliament, strongly opposed the government’s plans, and was highly supportive of Tariana Turia’s decision. (From Wikipedia)
Brash at Waitangi
6 February 2004: National Party leader Don Brash was pelted with mud outside Waitangi’s Te Tii Marae on Thursday. Later, Prime Minister Helen Clark was welcomed onto the marae amid scenes of angry protests over the seabed and foreshore issue. Brash was slung with a fistful of mud which landed on his forehead and suit. (From TVNZ)
Enough is Enough March on Parliament
23 August 2004: Waves of emotion. Rolling sound overpowering thought. Chanting. Black shirts. Black and red. The sound of the haka. Twelve year old boys shouting ‘Enough is Enough.’ Placards. Love and friendship. Fear and anger. Fists being raised to cries of ‘Jesus.’ (From Jordan Carter on Scoop)
Michael Campbell Wins the US Open
(Image: BBC Sport)
21 June 2005: Michael Campbell this morning became only the second New Zealander to win a major golf championship, winning the US Open by two shots from world number one Tiger Woods. Campbell held his nerve over the closing holes to fire a one under par 69 to finish even par for the tournament, two shots clear of Woods who also closed with a 69. The overnight leader, Retief Goosen, lost his nerve and crashed to a disastrous final round 84. (From The NZ Herald)
John Key Leads National to Victory
8 November 2008: John Key has said the country has “voted for change” after his National Party won the election tonight. He described the Labour term in government as “nine long years” and said: “New Zealand has so much more potential.” Key spoke at National Party headquarters after Helen Clark said she will stand down as Labour Party leader. National won 45.5 per cent of the vote to Labour’s 33.8 per cent, giving National 59 seats. (From NZ Herald)
Air NZ A320 Crash
(Image: The Press)
28 November 2008: Prime Minister John Key has expressed sympathy to the families of those killed in a plane crash off France today. Five New Zealanders are given no hope of surviving the crash of an Airbus A320 operated by XL Airways of Germany in the Mediterranean. One Air New Zealand pilot, three engineers and a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) inspector were among the seven people on the aircraft, which crashed off Perpignan, in southeast France. (From NZ Herald)