New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1983 Signing of CER agreement strengthens trans-Tasman trade ties

New Zealand and Australia formally signed the Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement, strengthening trade ties between the Tasman neighbours.

2004 Māori Television launched

A dawn pōwhiri at Māori Television’s new offices in Newmarket, Auckland, was covered in the first transmission next day.

1955 NZ cricketers skittled for 26

Bert Sutcliffe top-scored with 11 runs as New Zealand was skittled for the lowest total in test cricket history – a mere 26 runs. 

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KIWI OF THE WEEK

Rewi Maniapoto

? - 29 Jun 1894

A famous Ngāti Maniapoto warrior, leader and supporter of the King Movement who's exploits in the Waikato War have been immortalised in book and film.

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.

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Memorials Register

Memorials Register

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

Explore the memorials