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Buildings come and go, but no other New Zealand central city area has been so thoroughly redeveloped. The government cameraman rides atop a Lambton Quay tram in 1930, traversing the route of the pre-1855 shoreline. Most of the buildings shown are no longer exist, they have been replaced by high rise buildings following a strict building code. However, all buildings on the seaward side of Lambton Quay are built on reclaimed land which is vulnerable to liquefaction (amplified shaking) during an earthquake.

Views around Wellington city : the harbour setting, Lambton Quay showing the Midland hotel and DIC, Courtenay Place showing busy tramways and Te Aro (Pigeon) Park; city and harbour views from the top of Mount Victoria, looking down onto St Gerards monastery; activity on the wharves, loading ships and tugs manoeuvring, pleasure craft at Oriental Bay and Evans bay, boat repairs at the patent slip.

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Year 1930

Reference number F5073

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:09:03

Production company New Zealand Government Publicity Office