On June 21 1964, the Beatles arrived on what was a winter Sunday.
There had been pop hysteria in Godzone before. But nothing like it before – or since. Thousands lined the streets outside their hotels in AucklandWellington,Christchurch and Dunedin. Thousands saw them play two shows a night of less than a dozen songs during their eight-day jaunt.
The 1950s and Elvis might have invented the teenager – the adolescent with tastes and attitudes distinct from their parents but the 1960s unleashed them on the world and here, the Beatles tour marked the actual start of that influential decade. True, their time inAustralia and New Zealand rates barely a blip in the many volumes of Beatles history. It was the quiet patch after conquering America earlier in the year and makingA Hard Day’s Night and releasing it for the UK and US.
But here, it was bedlam from the moment the plane door opened at Wellington’s Rongotai Airport and the four were bestowed with those very  large tikis.
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