US troops & Kiwi girls, World War II
Soldiers from the United States Marine Corps with their partners at a dance at the Majestic Cabaret, Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand 1942, Photographer unknown, reproduced courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (E M Alderdice Collection, 1/2-164516-F)
Between 1942 and 1944, 100,000 United States servicemen brought glitz and glamour to the North Island cities where they were stationed. Local girls and businesses found themselves the happy recipients of American style.
The American presence was less thrilling to New Zealand men. The British phrase 'over-paid, over-sexed, and over here' surfaced in New Zealand. Some 1,400 New Zealand women married Americans and went to the US after the war.