2 February

Welfare plan gets baptism of fire

1939 Welfare plan gets baptism of fire

A massive fire destroyed the nearly completed three-storey Social Security building. Just seven weeks later a replacement building was opened by Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage Read more...
'The greatest middle distance race of all time'

1974 'The greatest middle distance race of all time'

The men’s 1500-m final was run on the last day of the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games. Tanzanian Filbert Bayi ran the first 800m in 1 minute 52.2 seconds, conserved energy on the third lap, and held off 22-year-old New Zealander John Walker to set a new world record of 3:32.16. Read more...