New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1905 All Blacks' non-try hands Wales historic win

A great rugby rivalry was born when a try by All Black Bob Deans was disallowed, resulting in the only loss of the ‘Originals’ tour.

1977 Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 passed

The Act was established to specify the circumstances in which contraceptives could be supplied to young persons; sterilisations could be undertaken; and abortions could be authorised.

KIWI OF THE WEEK

David Gallaher

30 Oct 1873 - 4 Oct 1917

Dave Gallaher was captain of the 1905 ‘Originals’ rugby team, the first to be known as the All Blacks. His death while fighting overseas during the First World War ensured that he acquired a mystique that transcended sport.

New Zealand and the First World War

New Zealand and the First World War

The First World War had a seismic impact on New Zealand, reshaping the country's perception of itself and its place in the world.

Women's Suffrage Petition

Suffrage Petition

The 1893 Women's suffrage petition — signed by more than 25,000 women, about a fifth of the enture adult European female population — helped pave the way for the passage of New Zealand's world-leading Electoral Act in September 1893.

See the digitised version of the petition

Memorials Register

Memorials Register

Find exact locations and further information for more than 900 memorials throughout New Zealand.

Explore the memorials