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The 1910s was an exciting time to live in New Zealand. Although the majority of the populous lead agrarian lives on farms and in the wilderness, the country was industrializing. Hamlet ports like Auckland and Wellington were now bustling towns producing raw materials at greater rates than ever. This industrialization of factories in major cities lead to a split in political differences. The Liberal Government (1891-1912) was pro-trade unions, extended the right to vote for woman, and laying the foundation for welfare and retirement pensions. Opposition for the Liberal party formulated into the Reform Government (1912-1928) which was very anti-trade union, improved schools to take on students regardless of finical ability, and made pensions for the widows of tradesmen. Soaring above the political frenzy, aviators were flying across New Zealand in mono and biplanes from hamlet to hamlet. For the first time in New Zealand History, people were seeing man made flying contraptions. Motion pictures began to be filmed in New Zealand. These films would tour across the country, depicting Maori legends and the country side. Though these moving pictures were popular, critics claimed it was just a fad.
The Auckland Exhibition welcomed over 18,000 visitors from around the world from 1913-1914.
In 1910 the USA Collegiate Americans team toured NZ and OZ and defeated the Auckland R.U. This game characterizes how New Zealand rugby teams played foreign teams. So much so that the All Blacks were formed in 1906 and toured Europe and the Pacific regularly.