New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1966 New Zealand’s day with LBJ

President Lyndon Johnson's 24-hour visit was aimed at shoring up support for the war in Vietnam. Protesters were outnumbered by enthusiastic crowds.

1992 Fred Hollows Foundation launched in New Zealand

The foundation was established in Australia by the Kiwi-born ophthalmologist (eye doctor) to treat eye problems in poorer countries. Within six years 200,000 people had their sight restored through cataract surgery.

KIWI OF THE WEEK

Elizabeth McCombs

19 Nov 1873 - 7 Jun 1935

Forty years after women in New Zealand received the right to vote, Elizabeth McCombs became the first female Member of Parliament.

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