New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1972 Death of poet James K. Baxter

Acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s most accomplished poets, Baxter had devoted the last years of his life to social work among alcoholics and drug addicts. He died in Auckland, aged 46.

1967 Denny Hulme wins Formula One title

In 1967 Denny Hulme became the first – and so far only – New Zealander to win the Formula One World Championship.

KIWI OF THE WEEK

Jean Batten

15 Sep 1909 - 22 Jan 1983

Jean Batten was New Zealand's greatest aviator, celebrated around the world for her heroic solo flights during the 1930s.

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