It gives a whole new meaning to the expression a little bird told me.
Who’d have thought it would be so simple?
Four and a half thousand dollars for a television seems very expensive, but Statistics NZ looked back at prices to mark the 50th anniversary of television and found that’s the inflation adjusted figure from the 60s:
In February 1966, the average price of the 23-inch black and white television ‘consolette’ tracked in the CPI was about £131 pounds. Allowing for general inflation, that’s about $4,500 in today’s terms. . .
. . . Colour television broadcasts began in 1973, not long before the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. In 1975, colour television sets were added to the CPI basket. In February 1975, black and white television sets cost about $350, and the 26-inch colour television set tracked in the CPI averaged about $840. In today’s terms, that’s equivalent to about $7,500, so buying a colour television set in 1975 would have been quite a stretch for many households. . .
. . . In recent years, New Zealanders have been buying about 300,000 new television sets each year. In 2009, about three in four of these were LCD television sets.
Back in 2004, LCD television sets cost about $3,500 on average. In 2009, the average price was about $1,400 and they tended to have bigger screens and be of better quality, with higher picture resolutions and contrast ratios.
I can remember going to town on Friday night as a child and stopping to gaze at a television set playing in a shop window.
My family didn’t get a TV until I was at high school in the 1970s. My parents kept that original black and white set until my brother gave them a colour one more than a decade later.
. . . and if I went, how? was the question which occupied me on Wednesday.
I’d booked a flight from Christchurch for Thursday and the roads north were closed by flooding but State Highway 1 to the south had reopened.
Did I take the gamble and wait, or rebook to fly from Dunedin and get there while I could?
The weather forecast warned of more rain and a strong probability of snow.
I consulted Rural Transport. One of their stock trucks took more than an hour to get from the outskirts of Oamaru to Morven, which would normally take about half that time, and had had water half way up its wheels.
That convinced me to head south while I could. There were a few fords between home and the main road, but they weren’t very deep and SH 1 was clear.
I’d hoped for good views of the flooding as we flew over North Otago but it was covered in cloud.
Reports from home tell me it’s still raining and there was an inch of snow in the high country. But there’s been no stock losses and fences, buildings, and tracks have survived unscathed.
Temperatures have plummeted though so I’ll make the most of my weekend in Waitangi where I’m attending the National Party’s Northern convention where I think at least two of my layers of merino will be redundant.
New Zealand was in recession long before the rest of the world.
It didn’t look so bad because the old government was spending lots of our money, but the trading sector was going backwards.
National has been talking about the need for an export led recovery and Statistics NZ shows it’s started –
The annual trade balance for the year ended April 2010 was a surplus of $161 million. “This is the first annual trade surplus recorded since July 2002,” added Louise Holmes-Oliver. The trade balance for the April 2010 month was a surplus of $656 million or 16.5 percent of the value of exports. This compares with an average April trade deficit of 0.6 percent of exports for the previous 10 years, with a mix of surpluses and deficits recorded during this period.
And what are the big contributors to that surplus? Dairy products, wood and meat.
Aren’t we pleased we didn’t take any notice of the politicians of the 1980s when they said farming was a sun set industry?
Oh, and biased as I am, I’m not giving all the credit for this to the government. It doesn’t control the demand or price of our goods on export markets. Nor was it responsible for the recession which dampened demand for imported goods at home.
On May 29:
363 Roman Emperor Julian defeated the Sassanid army in the Battle of Ctesiphon, under the walls of the Sassanid capital, but was unable to take the city.
1167 Battle of Monte Porzio – A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III was defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel.
1176 Battle of Legnano: The Lombard League defeated Emperor Frederick I.
1630 Charles II of England was born (d. 1685).
1414 Council of Constance.
1660 English Restoration: Charles II (on his birthday) was restored to the throne of Great Britain.
1677 Treaty of Middle Plantation established peace between the Virginia colonists and the local Natives.
1727 Peter II became Tsar of Russia.
1733 The right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves was upheld.
1780 American Revolutionary War: At the Battle of Waxhaws Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton massacred Colonel Abraham Buford’s continentals.
1874 G. K. Chesterton, English novelist, was born (d. 1936).
1903 Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor, was born (d. 2003).
1906 T.H. White, British author, was born (d. 1964).
Nicholas Roerich‘s 1913 set design for Part I: Adoration of the Earth.
1914 Ocean liner RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 1,024 lives.
1917 – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was born (d. 1963).
1919 The Republic of Prekmurje founded.
1924 AEK Athens FC was established on the anniversary of the siege of Constantinople by the Turks.
1932 World War I Veterans began to assemble in Washington, DC in the Bonus Army to request cash bonuses promised to them to be paid in 1945.
1935 The Hoover Dam was completed.
1939 Albanian fascist leader Tefik Mborja is appointed as member of the Italian Chamber of Fasces and Corporations.
1940 The first flight of the F4U Corsair.
1941 Doug Scott, British mountaineer, was born.
1945 Gary Brooker, musician (Procol Harum), was born.
1945 First combat mission of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber.
1948 Creation of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation
1950 The St. Roch, the first ship to circumnavigate North America, arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia .
1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on Tenzing Norgay’s (adopted) 39th birthday.
1954 First of the annual Bilderberg conferences.
1959 Rupert Everett, English actor, was born.
1961 Melissa Etheridge, American musician, was born.
1963 Tracey E. Bregman, American actress, was born.
1967 Noel Gallagher, English musician (former Oasis), was born.
1969 General strike in Córdoba, Argentina, leading to the Cordobazo civil unrest.
1973 Tom Bradley was elected the first black mayor of Los Angeles.
1975 Melanie Brown, English musician and actress (Spice Girls), was born.
1978 Adam Rickitt, British actor, was born.
1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Canterbury Cathedral.
1985 – Heysel Stadium disaster: At the European Cup final in Brussels 39 football fans died and hundreds are injured when a dilapidated retaining wall collapses after Liverpool F.C. fans breached a fence separating them from Juventus F.C. fans.
1988 U.S. President Ronald Reagan began his first visit to the Soviet Union.
1990 The Russian parliament elected Boris Yeltsin president of the Russian SFSR.
1999 Olusegun Obasanjo took office as President of Nigeria, the first elected and civilian head of state in Nigeria after 16 years of military rule.
2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruled that disabled golfer Casey Martin could use a cart to ride in at tournaments.
2004 The World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipeida.