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Events In History

30 August 1926

Hundreds attended the opening ceremony for a dam above the Kawarau Falls which was to temporarily block the outlet from Lake Wakatipu and hopefully expose gold-bearing rock to prospectors.


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 2 - Overview - immigration to New Zealand 1840-1914

Overview of immigration trends

The Vogel era

In 1870, Colonial Treasurer Julius Vogel launched the most ambitious development programme in New Zealand’s history. The ‘Vogel era’ was a decisive moment in New Zealand’s 19th-century transformation from a Māori world to a Pākehā one. Read the full article

Page 2 - New Zealand in 1870

Three decades after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s two main islands were like two different

Main image: Gabriel's Gully
The place where Gabriel Read found gold in 1861, sparking off the Otago gold rush.