15 September

First steel produced from local ironsand

1969 First steel produced from local ironsand

New Zealand Steel’s Glenbrook mill, near Waiuku, south of Auckland, produced iron and steel from local ironsand (titanomagnetite) for the first time. In the 2010s ironsand and coal were being used to produce about 650,000 tonnes of steel a year. Read more...
Lyttelton–Wellington ferry service ends

1976 Lyttelton–Wellington ferry service ends

The last sailing of the Rangatira brought to an end more than 80 years of regular passenger ferry services between Lyttelton and Wellington. Read more...