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The Beatles in Auckland Television (Full Length) – 1964 News/Current Affairs

The Beatles in Auckland

Television (Full Length) – 1964 News/Current Affairs

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Beatlemania hit New Zealand in June 1964, as this footage makes clear. Welcoming 'the Fab Four' to Auckland after they arrive from Wellington, Mayor Sir Dove-Myer Robinson repeatedly asks the noisily enthusiastic crowd to "hold it please". He shakes John Lennon's finger, and the Beatles lark around with poi and attempt to hongi members of a Māori culture group. George Harrison also features in a short opening interview. Lennon threatened not to perform unless police protection was upgraded, after the Beatles encountered large crowds while arriving at their hotel.

...we'd like to thank everybody once again, for this great welcome.
– Paul McCartney to the assembled crowd in Auckland