4 February

First woman to swim Cook Strait

1975 First woman to swim Cook Strait

American Lynne Cox swam from the North Island to the South in 12 hours 7 minutes. The fourth person to do so, she battled heavy seas and strong winds. Read more...

USS <em>Buchanan</em> refused entry to New Zealand

1985 USS Buchanan refused entry to New Zealand

New Zealand's Labour government refused the USS Buchanan entry because the United States would neither confirm nor deny that the warship had nuclear capability. Read more...