Out on the Street: New Zealand in the 1970s 

Exhibition now closed 19 Nov 2004 – 30 May 2005
Free entry
People and history 

Truly, an exhibition for everyone, Out on the Street is about the huge social changes that took place in New Zealand over 10 years. It takes in the Māori renaissance of this decade, investigates the radical influence of women’s liberation on Kiwi culture, and canvasses the alternative voices that rose to challenge the Establishment. 

Through photographs, paintings, sculpture, crafts, fashion, posters, jewellery, and more, Out on the Street casts an affectionate eye over the decade when fondues were the rage at dinner parties, Split Enz were in a Frenzy, kids barrelled round the streets on Choppers, Fred Dagg dispensed his comic rural wisdom, pot plants hung from macramé holders, and the homemade look was hip.

This was also the decade when New Zealand took to the world stage, sending a navy vessel to Moruroa in protest at the continued French nuclear testing on this tiny Pacific atoll, and hosting ‘the friendly games’ – the 10th Commonwealth Games in Christchurch.

And everyone seemed to be out on the street, making their views known on, among other things, sporting contacts with South Africa, gay rights, the Vietnam War, abortion, social welfare benefits, and ‘US imperialism’.

3D spin of the exhibition – view 1

3D spin of the exhibition – view 2