Remembering the first Macca’s
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.
DIANE EYES, CAMBORNE
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.
ISABELLA MAPUSUA, ASCOT PARK
[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.
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Opening of the first McDonald’s in New Zealand, at Cobham Court, Porirua in 1976.