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Events In History

30 March 2004
Historian Michael King (aged 58) and his wife Maria Jungowska died in a car accident in south Waikato. King’s Penguin history of New Zealand became the most popular book of the year, and was the Readers’ Choice at the 2004 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.


Dominion status

On 26 September 1907 the colony of New Zealand ceased to exist. It became, instead, a dominion within the British Empire. Read the full article

Page 7 - Dominion status symposium, 2007

Read and hear the papers from the Dominion status symposium held at  Parliament Buildings on Dominion Day - 26 September

Television in New Zealand

New Zealand’s first non-experimental television transmission went to air on 1 June 1960. To mark five decades of TV, in 2010 we presented five snapshots of Kiwi TV history. Explore pre-1960 experiments, TV news, music shows and modern election coverage - and discover how our own history has been showcased on the small screen. Read the full article

Page 6 - History on TV timeline

A surprising amount of New Zealand history has appeared on television over the last

What is history?

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Page 1 - What is history?

Main image: James Cowan
James Cowan spent his childhood on a Kihikihi farm, which occupied land confiscated from Maori. Events following the New Zealand Wars dominated life and society in the area, and this engendered his lifelong fascination with Maori and colonial history.