New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1839 Honey bees brought to New Zealand

Mary Bumby, the sister of a Methodist missionary, was probably the person who introduced honey bees to New Zealand.

1946 Main body of Jayforce lands in Japan

About 4500 New Zealand servicemen arrived as part of a 40,000-strong British Commonwealth Occupation Force that was to work alongside the US military forces that had occupied most of Japan.

KIWI OF THE WEEK

Hōne Heke

? - 1850

Ngāpuhi chief Hōne Heke was an influential northern Māori voice in favour of the Treaty of Waitangi. However, he later became a leading opponent of British rule in New Zealand.

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