23 February

First step in creation of Fiordland National Park

1904 First step in creation of Fiordland National Park

Nearly 1 million ha of far western Southland and Otago was set aside as a national reserve. Read more...
100,000 welcome home HMS <em>Achilles</em> crew

1940 100,000 welcome home HMS Achilles crew

The Battle of the River Plate in December 1939 was the Allies’ first naval victory of the Second World War. The involvement of the cruiser HMS Achilles, more than half of whose crew were New Zealanders, was greeted with jubilation in New Zealand. Read more...