New Zealand History

Te Akomanga A space for teaching and learning the histories of Aotearoa New Zealand

TODAY IN HISTORY

1951 Māori Women's Welfare League established

Eighty-seven delegates attended the first day of the inaugural conference of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in Wellington. Dame Whina Cooper was appointed as president.

1819 New Zealand's first grapevines planted?

Missionary Samuel Marsden planted a vineyard on the site of a new Church Missionary Society station at Kerikeri.

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 register