1 Jun 2014

The Beatles in New Zealand with Chris Bourke and Redmer Yska

From Sunday Morning, 10:40 am on 1 June 2014

Beatles at Wellington Airport June via Archives NZ CC
The Beatles at Wellington Airport, 21 June 1964. Image via ArchivesNZ, CC 2.0.

Music writers Chris Bourke and Redmer Yska were young Wellingtonians at the time and they tell Wallace Chapman that the Beatles 1964 tour was a watershed moment in New Zealand popular culture. "From the moment they arrived at Wellington Airport on a Sunday afternoon - greeted by thousands of fans - they were treated like conquering heroes".