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Events In History

22 August 1969

Held at the South Pacific Hotel in Auckland, the competition was open to all members of the Young Farmers’ Club. The inaugural winner was Gary Frazer from Swannanoa, near Christchurch. The contest has become an established part of the farming calendar.

3 November 1886

From a dairy factory at Pukekura, Waikato, Henry Reynolds launched Anchor butter. The brand name, allegedly inspired by a tattoo on the arm of one of his workers, would become one of this country’s best-known trademarks.

19 December 1843

Agricultural and pastoral shows celebrating excellence in agriculture and animal husbandry became annual events in communities around New Zealand.

25 September 1819

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


British & Irish immigration, 1840-1914

Who were the ancestors of Pākehā New Zealand? Where did they come from and what sort of people were they? These are some of the questions which this feature sets out to answer. Read the full article

Page 8 - Who were the immigrants?

Graph of figures taken from the death certificates of British and Irish immigrants to New Zealand (which include information on the father's

Royal Visit of 1953-54

For those New Zealanders who experienced it, the visit of the young Queen and her dashing husband, Prince Philip, to New Zealand in the summer of 1953-54 was a never-to-be forgotten event. Read the full article

Page 5 - A pastoral paradise

Following their stay in Auckland and visits to Waitangi, Hamilton and Rotorua, the Queen and Duke had a two-day break at Lake Rotoiti before flying to Gisborne and Napier.  The

Main image: Kawana Flourmill
Like many early Māori-owned flourmills, the Kawana mill was a symbol of mana.