It’s always fascinating looking back at old some of the old videos of Auckland. Thanks to Shard in the comments the other day for highlighting this video which I hadn’t seen before.
REPORT ON AUCKLAND: A report on the attractions and developments in Auckland. Includes the Anniversary Day Yachting regatta, productivity in textile and washing machine factories, the replacement of sub-standard city housing with government apartments, the construction of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and upgrading of roads. Finishes with footage of children marching into school.
It looks at how Auckland is developing in 1956 and includes quite a bit on transport (from about 5 minutes in). What was particularly interesting was seeing just how eerily similar the discussion on transport was with much of the language almost identical to what we still hear today.
Then of course there are all the shots of models of the to be build Central Motorway Junction, complete with sweeping viaducts
In the video you can still see trams running in Auckland, 1956 was the last year they did so before being ripped out and replaced with trolley buses. Ridership on PT in that year was 87.8 million, a level we’re only likely to pass in a few months if current trends continue, but of course Auckland had a lot less people back then.