Social Security

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How it All Began The birth of Social Security in New Zealand took place in Kurow, where the government’s second South Island hydro electric scheme was constructed. The three main figures were Kurow School’s Headmaster, Mr Andrew Davidson, Presbyterian Minister, the Rev Arnold Nordmeyer and town Doctor David McMillan. It was the time of the…

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The Memorial Oaks

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In 1911, North Otago had a population of 15,499. Of the estimated 2000 men who left North Otago to serve in this country’s armed forces during World War I, at least 300 did not return. Dozens of North Otago families, like other throughout New Zealand, mourned the loss of one, two or more young men.…

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Tangata Whenua – The People of the Land

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The Waitaha people left their ancestral home of Patu-nui-o-Aio because of war. After traveling through many Hawaiiki, they finally landed on the South Island of what is now New Zealand. Their canoe was called Uruao, and their leader was Rakaihautu. Their arrival is set at about the year 840 AD by whakapapa (genealogical record) and…

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