Old New Zealand


Just out of Temuka on the way to Waitohi is a memorial to Richard Pearse on the site where he made his pionering powered flight before crashing into trees. Pearse's flight took place 9 months before the Wright brothers' celebrated "first" powered flight though Pearse himself even admitted that his early attempt was not "sustained controlled flight".

Richard Pearse Memorial

Richard William Pearce
New Zealand's Pioneer Aviator

"This monument commemorates the first powered flight to be made by a British citizen in a heavier than air machine. Most evidence indicates this flight took place on 31st March 1903 and ended by crashing on this site."