18 November

<em>Cospatrick</em> fire kills 470

1874 Cospatrick fire kills 470

En route to Auckland laden with immigrants, the Cospatrick caught fire off the Cape of Good Hope. The tragedy has been described as New Zealand's worst civil disaster. Read more...

41 die in Ballantyne's fire

1947 41 die in Ballantyne's fire

The fire in Christchurch’s prestigious department store was one of the worst in New Zealand’s history. Read more...