Kōrero: Inventions, patents and trademarks

A. J. Hackett's bungy jump from the Eiffel Tower

Bungy jumping was almost unknown outside New Zealand until 1987 when its inventor, A. J. Hackett, made this illegal jump from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Hackett's invention was a modern version of a sport practised by the Pentecost Islanders of Vanuatu, who dive from high wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles.

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - The ‘no. 8 wire’ tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/video/25390/a-j-hacketts-bungy-jump-from-the-eiffel-tower (accessed 14 October 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 24 Feb 2015