24 April

Prince of Wales arrives for New Zealand tour

1920 Prince of Wales arrives for New Zealand tour

King George V’s son, Edward, Prince of Wales (who later reigned briefly as Edward VIII), visited New Zealand partly to thank the Dominion for its contribution to the Empire’s war effort. Read more...
New Zealand's first poppy day

1922 New Zealand's first poppy day

A total of 245,059 small poppies and 15,157 larger versions were sold, earning £13,166. Of that amount, £3,695 was sent to help war-ravaged areas of northern France; the remainder went to unemployed returned soldiers and their families. Read more...
Sinking of the <em>Hellas</em>

1941 Sinking of the Hellas

Disaster struck during the hurried evacuation of Allied forces from Greece when a large number of civilians and Commonwealth troops, including New Zealanders, were killed while they were boarding the Greek yacht Hellas at the port of Piraeus, near Athens. Read more...
First New Zealander killed in battle in Korean War

1951 First New Zealander killed in battle in Korean War

Kayforce suffered its first fatal battle casualty with the death of Second Lieutenant Dennis Fielden. Read more...