15 August

The war is over!  VJ Day

1945 The war is over! VJ Day

Japan's surrender following the atomic bombing ofHiroshima and Nagasaki ended the Second World War. More than 200,000 New Zealanders had served during the war and more than 11,500 had died. Read more...
Troopship <em>Wahine</em> wrecked en route to Korea

1951 Troopship Wahine wrecked en route to Korea

After three decades on the Lyttelton–Wellington ferry run, and service in two world wars, the TSS Wahine was chartered by the New Zealand government to transport Kayforce troops to the Korean War. Shortly after leaving Darwin the Wahine ran aground on Masela Island in the Arafura Sea, east of Timor. There were no fatalities but the ship became a total loss. Read more...