24 February

Last imperial troops leave New Zealand

1870 Last imperial troops leave New Zealand

The final detachment of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment left New Zealand, leaving the Armed Constabulary (formed in 1867) responsible for the colony's internal defence. Read more...

End of the battle of Langverwacht Hill

1902 End of the battle of Langverwacht Hill

Twenty-four New Zealanders were killed in this battle during the South African (Boer) War. A total of 230 New Zealanders died while serving in New Zealand's first overseas war. Read more...

SS <em>Earnslaw</em> launched on Lake Wakatipu

1912 SS Earnslaw launched on Lake Wakatipu

For more than 50 years after it was launched, SS Earnslaw carried freight and people to and from remote lakeside settlements. Read more...