14 July

New Zealand's first general election begins

1853 New Zealand's first general election begins

For such a symbolic moment, the events of 14 July offered little drama – the first member of New Zealand’s inaugural Parliament, Hugh Carleton, was elected unopposed at Russell in the Bay of Islands. Read more...
Death of Sir Āpirana Ngata

1950 Death of Sir Āpirana Ngata

Ngata had contributed hugely to the revival of the Māori people in the early 20th century. His intelligence, tact, persistence and political skill helped him promote Māori culture and identity. Read more...