New Zealand has its own version of the ice rink.
The Kiwis have had a long history of playing on the same rink, which dates back to the 18th century.
But it was in the 1970s when New Zealanders started building their own rink.
The ice rink was built in an ice-filled room at the New Zealand Ice Museum, and the only way to get on it was by using a skates.
It was a unique arrangement, because a skater would need to be at the rink at all times, and it was not known whether the ice would break at all.
Ice skates were also a luxury item in the 1980s.
“The ice had been completely frozen for decades, and we didn’t know if the ice could withstand a little bit of heat or not,” says Dr Peter Whitehead, a researcher at the National Museum of New Zealand.
“We didn’t have any other choice.”
The first rink was inaugurated in 1978, and in the years that followed, thousands of people from all over New Zealand took part.
But for many it was a time of turmoil and frustration, as the economy collapsed and the country was forced to resort to resorting to tourism.
“You have to remember the times were tough.
Things were hard and the economic downturn was pretty much the only thing that kept the country afloat,” says Mr Smith.”
So people really felt that they had to get up and do something.
There was a real sense of a need to do something.”
A little bit harderIt was around this time that the first skates came on the market, and for many New Zealand skaters, the ice was their ticket to the ice.
“I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get on, but I still had a lot of fun,” says Daniel Kowalu.
“A little while after the ice opened, I was still on my skates and I went to the park and played with my friends.”
But a lack of equipment and the fact that the park was closed for the Christmas holidays meant that the ice wasn’t open for the winter.
“When I went back in I was about 30 minutes late because I couldn`t get my skate on,” says Kowale.
“My brother had to come over to me, so I was like, ‘I guess we`re going to have to wait a little while’.”‘
It was so cold’The ice didn’t last long.
By March 1981, a small team of skaters had built a skid for the rink, and by March 1986, the rink had seen its final ice skating.
It has now been closed for decades.
“It was like a dream, it was so hot, you could feel the ice on your skin, but you could still go down there,” says Professor Whitehead.
The Ice Museum now has a rink for free, but it has closed its doors for the season for the same reason.
“The last thing we wanted to do was lose the ice, so we did what we could to preserve it,” says a spokesman for the museum.
In recent years, it has been a favourite for the NZ Ice Hockey Association, which runs the Ice Rink Challenge and the Ice Arena Challenge.
It also runs the NZ Snowbird Snowboarding Competition, which takes place at the park every year.
But the popularity of the rink has changed since the 1980’s, and this year the Ice Museum was forced by the New Plymouth City Council to close its doors.
“There was an ongoing discussion about the need to re-open, and unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to close the ice park permanently,” says the spokesman.
“Although the park has been open since 1979, we feel it is in our best interests to close it as soon as possible.”
Our hope is that it will reopen to the public for the first time next year, in time for Christmas.””
It’s a great place to be, the city has great facilities and facilities have been built, so hopefully the community will come back and have a go at it,” he adds.
The museum has been keeping the rink open for more than 20 years, and plans to reopening it next year.