Motueka South School

50 Years of Learning

Room 8 findings

You may be wondering what we have been up to this term.

Read on to find out.


Family life:

1: In the 60's the idea of washing machines came out. They were huge things and you sometimes got your fingers stuck in the ringer part.

2: In the 60's most people went to the beach and went camping because air travel was too expensive.

Effects of television:

1: Television arrived in New Zealand for the first time on June 2nd 1960.

2: Colour television did not arrive in New Zealand until 1973.

Schools in the 60s:

1: In the 60's children were given free milk to drink every day. The government and health authorities thought it was a way to combat health problems being experienced by some children.

2: In the 60s only girls could do sewing because it was said that they would only need to do sewing jobs.

Political and social happenings:

1: On 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon.

2: On the 10th April 1968 the 9000 tonne interislander ferry "The Wahine" was carried onto Barrett's Reef in a storm and sank by Steeple Rock.


1: People would go to the movies all the time with their family and after that they would go somewhere but it wasn't just a few people, it was 10 or more!

2: In the 60s people would pack their bags a month before the event e.g. Trolley derbies.


1: In the 1960s Winkle Pickers were one of the men's fashionable shoes {they are high heels with pointy toes.}

2: Smoking was a big thing in the 1960s because people didn't know the dangers of smoking.


1: Rock 'n' roll is a type of music that started in the United States in the 1960s. Elvis Presley was the king of rock.

2: In the 60s the most popular instruments were mainly the piano/keyboard and the saxophone.

Thank you for reading Room 8's topic work!!!