When the games were burger-fu­elled

Kapi-Mana News - - FEATURE - By KIRSTY WIL­LIS

Labour Min­is­ter of Par­lia­ment for Kapiti Mar­garet Shields (now Dame Mar­garet) is be­hind the counter at Porirua McDon­ald’s in June 1986.

She is wear­ing a fash­ion­able cowl neck jumper and the sort of clas­sic pa­per hat that now sells on in­ter­net trad­ing sites as ‘‘vin­tage’’.

It is McHappy Day, when some of the day’s sales go to a char­ity. This time money is be­ing raised for the New Zealand Com­mon­wealth Games team. Just think, our 38 medals could have been fu­elled by burg­ers.

The two boys are Mar­garet’s neph­ews Alex Ibrahim, and his brother Antony (fore­ground).

The Porirua McDon­ald’s was the first in New Zealand and it opened in June 1978, 23 years af­ter the first one in the United States. It was on the cor­ner of Cob­ham Court and Ha­gley St be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Kenepuru Dr in 2009.

New Zealan­ders have be­come more and more in­ter­ested in food since the photo.

1986 was the year the first Cui­sine mag­a­zine was pub­lished and it was also the year Peter Gor­don set up the orig­i­nal Sugar Club restau­rant in cen­tral Welling­ton.


Fries with that?

Labour MP Mar­garet Shields

on duty for McHappy Day in 1986. Do­min­ion Post Col­lec­tion, Alexan­der Turn­bull

Li­brary. Ref: EP/ 1986/3175/10.

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