10 April

New Zealand votes for prohibition – until soldiers’ votes are counted

1919 New Zealand votes for prohibition – until soldiers’ votes are counted

A special liquor referendum initially gave prohibition a majority of 13,000 over continuance (the status quo), raising the hopes of those who had for decades campaigned against the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Read more...
<em>Wahine</em> wrecked in Wellington Harbour

1968 Wahine wrecked in Wellington Harbour

The sinking of the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry Wahine is New Zealand’s worst modern maritime disaster. Fifty-one people lost their lives that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck. Read more...
Labour government cancels Springbok rugby tour

1973 Labour government cancels Springbok rugby tour

Following police warnings of civil strife, Prime Minister Norman Kirk informed the New Zealand Rugby Football Union that the government saw ‘no alternative’ to a 'postponement' of the planned tour by the South African Springboks. Read more...