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Remember '74

Television (Full Length) – 1990

In this TVNZ doco — made for the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games — Keith Quinn looks back at the last time the Games were hosted in New Zealand: Christchurch 1974. Largely an on-field survey peppered with Kiwi athletes’ memories of ‘The Friendly Games’, moments featured include Dick Tayler’s 10,000m victory sprawl, weightlifter Graham May’s face-plant, and the epic 1,500 race between a long-haired John Walker and Tanzanian Filbert Bayi. The NZBC coverage showcased colour television, which had recently launched in New Zealand.

Then we got round to the bell, and Arthur Lydiard's words went through my head: 'leave your run as late as possible'.
– Dick Tayler on the final lap of his 10,000m race

Key Cast & Crew

Murray Allison

Producer

Peter Wright

Programme Compilation

Keith Quinn

Presenter, Producer