12 October

NZ's ‘blackest day’ at Passchendaele

1917 NZ's ‘blackest day’ at Passchendaele

In terms of lives lost in a single day, this was the greatest disaster in New Zealand's modern history. The failed assault on Passchendaele in Belgium took the lives of 45 officers and 800 men, and left more than 2700 wounded. Read more...

<em>Niagara</em>'s arrival blamed for flu pandemic

1918 Niagara's arrival blamed for flu pandemic

Many people blamed the liner Niagara for bringing a deadly new influenza virus to New Zealand. But six people had died of the flu in Auckland in the three days before it arrived, and the upsurge in cases in the city came two weeks later. Read more...