Old New Zealand

...Waitohi...

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
1877-1953
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."