Cessna 185C Skywagon ZK-CGG (c/n 185C-0769) was built as N5869Z and crated to New Plymouth for Rex Aviation (NZ) Ltd where it was assembled in September of 1964.
As a bit of usless information - in these earlier Cessna days - the last two numbers of the c/n where almost always the same as the last two numbers of the US civil registration.
Like most of these new 185's it was fitted with a "can" and sent out to earn its living on the farm.
It was delivered to Rural Aviation (1963) Ltd on 21-09-1964.
Below is an early photograph of ZK-CGG which had been allocated to Peter Meek and based at Taumaranui. Pic taken in the mid 60's by Allan Wooller.Photo comes from the Jim Kilsby collection - but I suspect it was captured by RJD.
OOPS ! THE PIC ABOVE AND BELOW ARE IN FACT ZK-CGC. Correction to follow.
And then spied at Luggate (below) on 27-12-1970 by Allan Wooller.
Above, on 13-07-72 showing it fitted with a spreader, but no can, and same below but on 17-04-1973
In 1988 it was used on parachute dropping for the Otago Parachute Club and had migrated to the North Island for storage in 1991 followed by registration cancellation on 10-05-1991.
I next spied it stripped at Fielding in April of 2003. Aero Support at Fielding restored it to the register on 23-03-2004 for David Sarginson