16 April

NZ Rugby Football Union founded

1892 NZ Rugby Football Union founded

As rugby increased in popularity, it became more important to standardise the administration of the game in the colony. Despite some opposition, a New Zealand Rugby Football Union was founded. Read more...
News of <em>Titanic</em> sinking reaches NZ

1912 News of Titanic sinking reaches NZ

Although no New Zealanders were aboard the world’s largest passenger ship when it sank in the chilly North Atlantic with appalling loss of life due to a lack of lifeboats, the country followed the news closely. Read more...
Arthur Allan Thomas convicted of Crewe murders – again

1973 Arthur Allan Thomas convicted of Crewe murders – again

Waikato farmer Arthur Allan Thomas was found guilty – for the second time – of the 1970 murder of his neighbours Harvey and Jeanette Crewe at Pukekawa. Read more...