17 May

First British Resident inaugurated

1833 First British Resident inaugurated

Hundreds of Māori greeted new British Resident in New Zealand, James Busby, when he came ashore at the Paihia mission station on 17 May 1833. The ceremony that followed was the first formal meeting between Māori chiefs and the representative of a great power. Read more...
Catholic Bishop found not guilty of sedition

1922 Catholic Bishop found not guilty of sedition

James Liston, the assistant bishop of Auckland, was found not guilty of sedition following a high-profile court case. Read more...
George Wilder escapes from prison

1962 George Wilder escapes from prison

George Wilder was a burglar who left apology and thank-you notes for his victims. He was at large for 65 days, becoming a renegade folk hero in the process. Read more...