1 May

'King Dick' Seddon becomes premier

1893 'King Dick' Seddon becomes premier

Richard John Seddon became premier following the death of John Ballance. Immortalised as ‘King Dick’, Seddon dominated the New Zealand political landscape for the next 13 years. He remains this country’s longest-serving prime minister. Read more...
RNZAF's first combat strike since Second World War

1955 RNZAF's first combat strike since Second World War

Five Vampire aircraft of No. 14 Squadron carried out the RNZAF’s first combat strike since the Second World War against guerrillas in the Malayan jungle. Read more...