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New Zealand's 19th-century wars

War changed the face of New Zealand in the 19th century. Many thousands of Māori died in the intertribal Musket Wars between the 1810s and the 1830s. There were more deaths during the New Zealand Wars of the 1840s to 1870s between some Māori and the Crown, which for many tribes had dire consequences. Read the full article

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Timeline of key events related to the Musket and New Zealand Wars,

State housing

New Zealand's first state house was formally opened on 18 September 1937. But the government has provided rental housing for New Zealanders for more than a century. Explore the history of this country's various state housing schemes and their contribution to the New Zealand way of life. Read the full article

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Key events in the development of state

The House of Representatives

New Zealand's Parliament dates back to 1854, just 14 years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi and the beginning of the European settlement of the country. For most of its history as a nation state, New Zealand has had some form of elected government. Read the full article

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Timeline of key events in New Zealand's parliamentary

Women and the vote

On 19 September 1893 the governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Read the full article

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Women's suffrage milestones from 1869 to

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Although a number of other territories enfranchised women before 1893, New Zealand can justly claim to be the first self-governing country to grant the vote to all adult

The Gallipoli campaign

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Türkiye. Read the full article

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Timeline showing key events related to New Zealand's involvement in the Gallipoli

Page 9 - 25 April 1915: Anzac landing timeline

This timeline provides a detailed breakdown of what happened and when during the Gallipoli landings at Anzac Cove on 25 April

The Italian Campaign

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders fought their way up the boot of Italy from 1943 to 1945 as part of the vast multinational force assembled to roll back Axis aggression in far-flung theatres of war across the globe Read the full article

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A brief outline of the key events of the Italian Campaign, particularly focusing on the involvement of New

The North African Campaign

The second battle of El Alamein, which began 70 years ago this month, was the turning point of the war in North Africa. For New Zealand forces, this was longest and most important land campaign of WWII. But victory came at a heavy price: between 1941 and 1943, 14,000 Kiwis were killed, wounded or became prisoners of war. Read the full article

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Timeline showing key events of the Second World War, particularly New Zealand's involvement in North

First World War - overview

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife Sophie were assassinated in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo. This was a key event in sparking the Great War of 1914–18. Read the full article

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A list of key events marking New Zeland's experience of the First World

Second World War - overview

The Second World War was the greatest conflict ever to engulf the world. It took the lives of 50 million people, including one in every 150 New Zealanders, and shaped the world that we have lived in ever since. Read the full article

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A brief outline of the key events of the Second World War, particularly those involving New

War in the Pacific

Thousands of New Zealanders fought in the Pacific War, which was sparked by the Japanese bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It was a conflict fought on a vast scale over huge distances. For the New Zealanders, this was a war fought close to home. Read the full article

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Key dates for New Zealand military involvement in the Pacific during the Second World

Treaty timeline

See some of the key events between 1800 and 1849 relating to the Treaty of Waitangi. Read the full article

Page 1 - Treaty events 1800-49

See some of the key events between 1800 and 1849 relating to the Treaty of Waitangi.

Page 2 - Treaty events 1850-99

See the key events between 1850 and 1899 relating to the Treaty of

Page 3 - Treaty events 1900-49

Discover some of the key events between 1900 and 1949 relating to the Treaty of

Page 4 - Treaty events since 1950

Learn about some of the key events from 1950  onwards relating to the Treaty of

Political and constitutional timeline

Pivotal political and constitutional events with links to further information Read the full article

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Pivotal political and constitutional events with links to further

New Zealand disasters timeline

The disasters timeline and map give an overview of New Zealand's worst natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major loss of life. Read the full article

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The disasters timeline and map give an overview of New Zealand's worst natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major

Men and their moustaches

Today most New Zealand men are clean-shaven (though an increasing number grow moustaches especially for the month of 'Movember'). That wasn’t always the case. Moustaches have come and gone as Kiwi blokes have shown themselves to be dedicated followers of fashion. Read the full article

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A timeline of New Zealand men's facial

Pencarrow Lighthouse

On 1 January 2014 Pencarrow Lighthouse at the entrance to Wellington Harbour celebrates its 155th anniversary. New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse, Pencarrow was also home to this country’s first – and only – female lighthouse keeper. Read the full article

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A timeline of key dates in the history of Pencarrow

Antarctica and New Zealand

NZ and Antarctica share a long and rich history. From Tuati in 1840 to Edmund Hillary in the 1950s and more recent scientists, Kiwis have explored, examined and endured the frozen continent. Read the full article

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Key events in the history of New Zealand's involvement with

Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment timeline

Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in 1915 Read the full article

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Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in

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Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in

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What the Wellington Mounted Rifles did in

Page 4 - 1918

The Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment (WMR), along with the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR), moves east across Palestine into the Jordan Valley in early

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Like the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR), the return of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment (WMR) to New Zealand in 1919 is delayed by a shortage of

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

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New Zealand’s first non-experimental TV transmission was made on 1 June 1960. But this wasn’t the country’s first foray into television.

Page 3 - Early evening news on TV

New Zealanders are used to receiving their early evening news on television at 6 p.m. every night of the week. But the current format only stabilised in the early 1990s. Until the

Page 4 - Kiwi music shows on TV

New Zealanders can now view music videos over the internet or on music channels C4 and Juice TV. But after TV was introduced in 1960 several generations of New Zealanders kept up

Page 5 - Elections on TV

It took a while for television to make its mark on New Zealand elections, but since the 1980s the small screen has become the decisive election

Māori rugby timeline

This timeline covers some of the key events and major players in the history of Māori rugby. It was compiled to mark the centenary of the first official New Zealand Māori team. Read the full article

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This timeline covers some of the key events and major players in the history of Māori rugby. It was compiled to mark the centenary of the first official New Zealand Māori

Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment timeline

The Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment actions in 1915, from Sinai to Gallipoli Read the full article

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The Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment actions in 1915, from Sinai to

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When most of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force goes to France in April 1916, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) remains in Egypt as part of an Anzac Mounted Division

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During 1917 the Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment (AMR) and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) take part in three battles for

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The Auckland Mounted Rifles Regiment (AMR) and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) move east across Palestine into the Jordan Valley in early 1918 as part of

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The return home of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) is delayed by a shortage of shipping.

Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment timeline

In May the CMR and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) are thrown – as infantry – into the desperate struggle to seize the commanding heights of the Gallipoli Peninsula. In the next four months the regiment suffers more than half of all its casualties in the war. Read the full article

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In May the CMR and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) are thrown – as infantry – into the desperate struggle to seize the commanding heights of the

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When most of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force goes to France in April 1916, the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) remains in Egypt as part of an Anzac Mounted

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During 1917 the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment (CMR) and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) take part in three battles for

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The Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment (CMR) and the rest of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) move east across Palestine into the Jordan Valley in early 1918 as part

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The voyage home of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade (NZMR) is delayed by a shortage of shipping. The men take classes designed to ease them back onto ‘civvy street’ after up

History of New Zealand photography

The history of photography in New Zealand dates from the 1840s. Today it’s hard to imagine life without photographic images. Their ubiquity extends from the newspaper to the art gallery, from the billboard to the family album, from product packaging to the internet. Read the full article

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A timeline of New Zealand photography from the 1840s to the present

Crime timeline

’New Zealand is often seen as a relatively safe country, but as this selection of notable crimes shows, the country has had its share of homicides, violence and other criminal acts. This timeline of more than 75 events can also be viewed as a map. Read the full article

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’New Zealand is often seen as a relatively safe country, but as this selection of notable crimes shows, the country has had its share of homicides, violence and other criminal

Royal New Zealand Air Force

In 1937 the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) became an independent service within the New Zealand defence forces. In the subsequent 75 years the RNZAF has built up a proud tradition of service, demonstrating resourcefulness and professionalism in the face of changes and challenges. Read the full article

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Timeline showing key events related to the history of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF),

The Post and Telegraph Department at war

The Post and Telegraph Department (the government agency from which New Zealand Post, Telecom and Kiwibank are descended) was crucial to this country’s participation in the First World War. Read the full article

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Key events in the Post and Telegraph Department before, during and after the First World

Mounted Rifles units

An overview of the formation and units of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the First World war Read the full article

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Detailed account of the AMR in

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Formation and first actions of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles

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Timeline for the Wellington Mounted Rifles in

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