The Lord of the Rings – The Hobbiton movie Set in Matamata

When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for The Lord of the Rings film series, he first saw the family run farm, Alexander Farm in 1998 Advertisements

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The USS Saratoga rests in Bikini Atoll

Aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Saratoga were […]

Aloha Airlines Flight 243 – The safe landing in Kahului

Flight was a scheduled Aloha Airlines flight between Hilo and Honolulu in Hawaii. On April 28, 1988, a Boeing 737-297 serving the flight suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression in flight, but was able to land safely at Kahului Airport on Maui. There was one fatality, flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, who was ejected from the airplane. […]

Stonehenge Aotearoa in Carterton

Built by members of The Phoenix Astronomy Society, is a modern adaptation of the Stonehenge ruins on the Salisbury Plain of England. The henge, opened on 12 February 2005 by Nobel Laureate Professor Alan MacDiarmid, contains 24 pillars and is 30 meters in diameter and about 4 meters high. The pillars are capped with lintels, completing the […]

Moai Statues on Easter Island

Monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island in eastern Polynesia between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry. Moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors. The statues still […]

Amelia Earhart disappeared in Nikumaroro Island

American aviation pioneer and author. In 1932, piloting a Lockheed Vega 5B, Earhart made a nonstop solo transatlantic flight, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She received the United States Distinguished Flying Cross for this accomplishment. In 1935, Earhart became a visiting faculty member at Purdue University as an advisor to aeronautical engineering and […]

The Death of Captain Cook in Hawaii Island

A British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the British Royal Navy. He achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager and joined the Royal Navy in 1755. Sailed thousands of miles […]