Story: Children and sport

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Building Hataitai Park

The rise of organised sport during the 1920s increased demands for playing fields and other sporting infrastructure. This photograph shows the building of Hataitai Park in Wellington using spoil excavated from hillsides. It was a relief work scheme (for the unemployed) during the 1930s economic depression. The park provided much-needed tennis and netball courts as well as a rugby ground. Wellington's velodrome was built later built higher up the hill.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP-2478-1/2-G

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Children and sport - Growth of children’s sport, 1920 to 1969', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 5 Sep 2013