16 November

NZ officially becomes British colony

1840 NZ officially becomes British colony

New Zealand became a separate colony of the United Kingdom. North, South and Stewart islands were to be known respectively as the provinces of New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster. Read more...

Hamiora Pere executed for treason

1869 Hamiora Pere executed for treason

Hamiora Pere was hanged at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington. He is the only New Zealander to have been executed after being convicted of treason. Read more...

First conscription ballot held

1916 First conscription ballot held

At the Defence Department’s office in Featherston St, Wellington, the first ballot to call up men for military service under the new conscription system was conducted Read more...