1 November

Old-age Pensions Act becomes law

1898 Old-age Pensions Act becomes law

A world first, the Act gave a small means-tested pension to elderly people with few assets who were ‘of good moral character’. It was one of the major achievements of Richard Seddon’s Liberal government. Read more...
Polish refugees arrive in New Zealand

1944 Polish refugees arrive in New Zealand

Over 800 Polish refugees arrived in Wellington, seeking safety from war-torn Europe. For the 732 children and 102 adults it was the end of a long and perilous journey. Read more...