19 February

Release of Parihaka leaders Te Whiti and Tohu

1883 Release of Parihaka leaders Te Whiti and Tohu

Parihaka had become the symbol of opposition to the government policy of land confiscation in the aftermath of the New Zealand Wars. Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were imprisoned without trial after the military occupation of the south Taranaki community in November 1881. Read more...

Kopuawhara flood kills 21

1938 Kopuawhara flood kills 21

Twenty men and one woman drowned when a sudden cloudburst sent a wall of water surging through a public works camp in the Kopuawhara Valley, near Māhia. Read more...