Aviation pioneer Richard William Pearse was born on 3 December 1877 in Temuka. There is evidence that indicates that he achieved powered flight before the Wright brothers.
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Hargrave - The Pioneers
Celebrates the life and work of Pearse, includes images and links.
MOTAT- Richard Pearse
A profile of the pioneer aviator including several photographs and a discussion of the evidence that he was the first to achieve powered flight.
Richard Pearse - First Flyer
Photographs, information and discussion of the life and achievements of New Zealand's pioneer aviator.