12 December

De Surville first sights NZ near Hokianga

1769 De Surville first sights NZ near Hokianga

As James Cook rounded the northern tip of the North Island from east to west, the French explorer Jean François Marie de Surville was in the same waters, sailing in the opposite direction. A storm prevented any chance of an historic meeting. Read more...

First Golden Kiwi draw

1961 First Golden Kiwi draw

Tickets went on sale for New Zealand’s new national Golden Kiwi lottery. All 250,000 tickets sold with 24 hours, with the £12,000 top prize (equivalent to around $500,000 today) four times that offered in previous lotteries. Read more...