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Events on this Day – 12 July


British troops invaded Waikato by crossing the Mangatāwhiri Stream, which the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement) had declared an aukati (a line not to be crossed).


The first women’s trade union in New Zealand emerged in the late 19th century in response to poor working conditions in the clothing industry. 


The first stage win by a New Zealander in the Tour de France came in a team time trial. Although Chris Jenner didn't finish with the core of his Credit Agricole team, he shared in the stage win and got to stand on the podium.