7 March

New Zealand's first official execution

1842 New Zealand's first official execution

17-year-old Maketū Wharetōtara was hanged at the corner of Queen and Victoria streets in Auckland for the 1841 murder of Elizabeth Roberton, her two children, and two other adults.  Read more...

New Zealand troops arrive in Greece

1941 New Zealand troops arrive in Greece

When the Germans attacked Greece on 6 April, they quickly outflanked the Allied defenders, who were forced into a hurried retreat down the peninsula. Read more...

Cyclone Bola strikes

1988 Cyclone Bola strikes

Cyclone Bola, one of the most damaging cyclones to hit New Zealand, struck Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne–East Cape in March 1988 Read more...