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National Party founded

1936 National Party founded

Following their crushing defeat by the Labour Party in the 1935 general election, the remnants of the United–Reform coalition government met in Wellington to establish a new ‘anti-socialist’ party. Read more...
Death of Frances Hodgkins

1947 Death of Frances Hodgkins

One of this country's most celebrated artists, Frances Hodgkins spent most of her life overseas. She earned a place among the British avant-garde of the 1930s and 1940s – the first New Zealand-born artist to achieve such stature.  Read more...
New Zealand wins the America’s Cup

1995 New Zealand wins the America’s Cup

Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter Montgomery’s famous line, ‘the America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s cup!’  Read more...