2 November

New Zealand becomes first country to adopt a standard time

1868 New Zealand becomes first country to adopt a standard time

On 2 November 1868, New Zealand discarded its numerous local times and became the first country to regulate its time in relation to Greenwich mean time (GMT). Read more...
New Zealand Division leads breakthrough at El Alamein

1942 New Zealand Division leads breakthrough at El Alamein

At El Alamein in Egypt, the 2nd New Zealand Division opened the way for British armour, allowing the Allies to make a breakthrough and push the Axis forces in North Africa into retreat. Read more...