New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1958 Mormon temple opens in Hamilton

This was the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the southern hemisphere.

1981 Allison Roe wins Boston marathon

1981 was a memorable year for Allison Roe. In April she became the first New Zealand woman to win the prestigious Boston race, burning off American star Patti Catalano and taking nearly eight minutes off the course record for the 42.2 km course, running 2 hours 26 minutes 46 seconds.

KIWI OF THE WEEK

Ada Wells

29 Apr 1863 - 22 Mar 1933

Ada Wells is remembered for her contribution to the women's suffrage campaign in the 1880s and 90s, and for becoming the first woman elected to the Christchurch City Council in 1917.

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