19 April

First royal honour for New Zealand woman

1884 First royal honour for New Zealand woman

The Royal Red Cross was awarded to Miss Alice Crisp, matron of Auckland Hospital, in a ceremony at Government House, Auckland. Read more...
State buys Cheviot Estate

1893 State buys Cheviot Estate

In the 1890s the Liberal government, especially Minister of Lands John McKenzie, were determined to ‘burst up’ large estates for settlement by prospective small farmers, who were among its key supporters. The first property purchased under this policy was the 34,300-ha Cheviot Estate in North Canterbury. Read more...
Dave McKenzie wins the Boston Marathon

1967 Dave McKenzie wins the Boston Marathon

The 24-year-old McKenzie set a new course record of 2 hours 15 minutes 45 seconds in finishing ahead of American Tom Laris and Yutaka Aoki of Japan. He was the first New Zealander to win the Boston Marathon. Read more...