27 November

Death of Te Rauparaha

1849 Death of Te Rauparaha

The formidable Ngāti Toa leader had dominated Te Moana-o-Raukawa - the Cook Strait region - from his base at Kapiti Island for nearly 20 years. Read more...
First Labour government wins power

1935 First Labour government wins power

The 1935 general election has long been seen a defining moment in New Zealand’s history. Undermined by its failure to cope with the distress of the Depression, the Coalition (or ‘National’) government was routed by the Labour Party led by Michael Joseph Savage. Read more...
Liner sunk off East Cape

1940 Liner sunk off East Cape

The 16,712-ton New Zealand Shipping Company liner Rangitane was intercepted and sunk 550 km off East Cape, with the loss of 15 lives. Read more...