Events In History

  • 29 February 2004
    The return of the king wins 11 Oscars

    Peter Jackson’s last film in the colossal Lord of the rings trilogy, The return of the king, won all 11 Oscars it was nominated for at the 76th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Read more...

  • 21 March 1994
    Kiwis win Oscars for The piano

    Eleven-year-old Anna Paquin became the first New Zealander to win an Academy Award for acting when she was named best supporting actress for her role as Flora McGrath in the acclaimed historical drama, The piano. Paquin was the second youngest recipient of this award in Oscar history. Read more...

  • 1 December 1898
    First movie shot in New Zealand

    The first motion pictures known to have been taken in New Zealand were made by photographer W.H. Bartlett for the entrepreneur Alfred Whitehouse, who in 1895 had imported the colony’s first ‘kinetoscope’, a Thomas Edison invention that showed moving images to one viewer at a time. Read more...