Rangiora Museum : Selected pictures from the silent movies

The Rangiora Museum in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Rangiora High School Music Department – presents –

An Afternoon of Old Movies

These films include events in and around Rangiora from the 1930s to 2002.

  • A day in Rangiora 1950s by David King, then the Rangiora Borough Engineer.
  • Scenes from a 100 mile cycle road race through the Glen-Tui, Ashley and Waimakariri Gorges in 1939.
  • An early Rangiora A&P show.
  • Colour films of the Rangiora Centennial 1950.
  • Colour films of the wedding of Carol and Donald McKay, 1955.
  • The earliest film – Three Attempts to Get to Lake Sumner, 1930-32, was made by Rangiora inventor and garage owner Amos James Smith.
  • A very early sound film of the Kaiapoi Pa Centenary in 1931. This ceremony was attended by thousands of people, both Maori and pakeha. This excerpt is from a television programme made in 2009 and discusses the old Pa where the Pegasus subdivision is now.
  • A selection of early television commercials and Rangiora High School students competing in the 2002 Smoke Free Stage Challenge completes the programme.

Musical accompaniments by students of the Rangiora High School Music Department.

Selected pictures from the Silent movies

1.30 pm Sunday 29th June – Rangiora High School – School Hall, East Belt, Rangiora

ADMISSION: Adult $10. Child (Under 14) $5. Family $25.

Refreshments available

Tickets available from:

  • Enrapture Floral Design, Gables Arcade High Street, Rangiora-313 7751
  • Rangiora Museum (open Wednesday and Sunday from 1.30 to 4.00 pm) 310 7356


An Afternoon at the movies [PDF]


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