19 August

E.G. Wakefield elected to Parliament

1853 E.G. Wakefield elected to Parliament

The originator of the New Zealand Company was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Hutt six months after arriving in the colony. He had been quick to lobby for the introduction of responsible government. Read more...
Kiwi pilot's sacrifice saves French village

1944 Kiwi pilot's sacrifice saves French village

As his damaged Hawker Typhoon fighter-bomber rapidly lost height, Pilot Officer James Stellin struggled to avoid crashing into Saint-Maclou-la-Brière, a village of 370 people. He succeeded, but at the cost of his own life. The villagers gave him a hero’s funeral and have honoured his memory ever since. Read more...
Three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

2012 Three New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan

At approximately 9:20 p.m. Afghanistan time, a Humvee taking a patrol member to see a doctor at the Romero base in Bamiyan province was destroyed by an improvised explosive device. Read more...