Marching began in the 1930s, and was a women's sport from the start. This 1949 film clip shows national championships held in particularly bad Wellington weather. Although all the competitors were women, the judges were men – this was standard for women's sports at the time, and would remain so for decades to come.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 396. National Film Unit, 1949
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