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Mt John Observatory

Mt John Observatory

Mt John Observatory was built above Lake Tekapo. In the 1960s it was a site of protest against the installation of an Omega navigational aid system. Protesters argued that it was part of the US guidance system for nuclear warheads.

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Mackenzie Country', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11450/mt-john-observatory (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015