Wednesday, March 07, 2007
20 Years Ago Today
What other exciting things happened in New Zealand in 1987?
2 March: Edgecumbe earthquake in the Bay of Plenty.
22 May-20 June: Inaugural Rugby World Cup hosted by both New Zealand and Australia, and won by New Zealand. Go the All Blacks!!
June: The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act is passed.
July: The Māori Language Act makes Māori an official language.
1 August: The first Lotto draw.
20 October: The New Zealand stock market crashes following Black Monday on Wall Street. Share prices fell by 59 percent over four months.
December: New Zealand's first heart transplant takes place at Greenlane Hospital
My beloved's birthday is on Friday so we're going to call that our date night and we're going to my favourite restaurant - Bella's. Tonight though we're going out for a work dinner to a lovely restaurant called Cafe Nero; I'm a happy woman as long as I'm not cooking this evening.
During dinner, at 8:01 pm in fact, we felt an earthquake which measured 4.6 on the Richter scale. In a strange coincidence one of my dinner companions then told us all about how she remembered the big earthquake in Edgecumbe 20 years ago when she was 5. How about that?