23 May

First major gold rush in Otago

1861 First major gold rush in Otago

Gabriel Read gained fame and provincial government bonuses when he found gold near the Tuapeka River, a tributary of the Clutha River in Otago. Read more...
Coronation of first Māori Queen

1966 Coronation of first Māori Queen

Princess Piki, the daughter of King Koroki, was selected as the sixth Maori monarch − and first Queen − during her father's funeral, in accordance with Kingitanga protocol. She assumed her mothers name, Te Atairangikaahu. Read more...