Re­mem­ber­ing the first Macca’s

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It’s been 41 years since New Zealand’s first McDonald’s restau­rant opened at Cob­ham Court in Porirua on June 7, 1976. We asked Neigh­bourly users to share their mem­o­ries of time spent un­der the early golden arches.


I can re­mem­ber be­ing so ex­cited as a kid be­ing taken to the new McDonald’s.

My grand­par­ents had only the year be­fore moved into their brand new home in Camborne and times were re­ally ex­cit­ing; ca­noe for the in­let and bush ev­ery­where to ex­plore.

We went to the McDonald’s, and there was a com­pe­ti­tion: in a huge block of ice was this awe­some Ed­monds skate­board.

Oh was I hope­ful. We rocked on up, grand­fa­ther in tow, and placed our writ­ten guess as to how long it would take to melt.

There were lots of pieces of pa­per in the com­pe­ti­tion box who would have thought.

In the next week, I waited, hop­ing, ask­ing can we go to McDonald’s, please?

Well, it was a treat to go there and alas ,’no’, was the an­swer.

And then just over a week later, my grand­mother takes me aside and tells me I need to get dressed in my best clothes as we were go­ing into Porirua to shop.

‘No!’ I thought. I want to go and play on the rocks by the in­let in­stead.

Well, to my sur­prise, I am taken into McDon­alds and there be­fore me is the man giv­ing my grand­fa­ther a hand­shake and then pass­ing over the brand new skate­board to none other than me. To­tally over­whelmed was I. That skate­board lasted well into my late teens and many crashes, scrapes and bruises.

Oh, and the guess? Well, I was the clos­est by half an hour to the next per­son and it was half a day out.

Thank you McDonald’s for giv­ing this child an amaz­ing gift that lasted what seemed like a life­time.

P.S. I so loved the birth­day par­ties and mak­ing my own ice cream.


[I] miss the play­ground area. The space up­stairs was ideal for kids par­ties.

Nowa­days, the McDonald’s rooms are small as well as the play area. It’s sad to see that the first Macca’s in NZ closed down/ moved.


Our lo­cal coun­cil col­lects in­come from ratepay­ers to man­age lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, main­tain in­fra­struc­ture, and li­aise with other lo­cal coun­cils and cen­tral gov­ern­ment as our ad­vo­cate.

It does not have a man­date from ratepay­ers to be char­i­ta­ble with our money.

If job ap­pli­cants are will­ing to work for the min­i­mum wage then - as in the pri­vate sec­tor - that’s the wage that should be paid.

Only if par­tic­u­lar skills are sought, and there is a short­age of that skilled labour, should the of­fered hourly rate or salary be in­creased to make the job more at­trac­tive to suit­ably qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.

Un­der God, each of us has an in­di­vid­ual obli­ga­tion to be char­i­ta­ble to those in need, ei­ther di­rectly, or in­di­rectly through lo­cal churches and other reg­is­tered char­i­ties. It does not fall to our lo­cal coun­cil to be char­i­ta­ble on our be­half.

Be as gen­er­ous as you like with your own money but not with ours - wealth re­dis­tri­bu­tion is not a man­dated, jus­ti­fi­able lo­cal coun­cil ser­vice.



Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or have some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us at ed­i­ or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress, and con­tact num­ber. No anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted. Let­ters pub­lished at ed­i­tor’s dis­cre­tion.


Open­ing of the first McDonald’s in New Zealand, at Cob­ham Court, Porirua in 1976.

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