29 November

Education Act passed into law

1877 Education Act passed into law

The introduction of the Education Act in 1877 established free, compulsory and secular education for all Pākehā New Zealand children. Māori children could attend the free schools if their parents wished them to. Read more...
First woman mayor in British Empire elected

1893 First woman mayor in British Empire elected

By becoming mayor of Onehunga, Auckland, Elizabeth Yates struck another blow for women’s rights in local-body polls held the day after the first general election in which women could vote. Read more...
First female Māori MP elected

1949 First female Māori MP elected

Iriaka Rātana was elected as New Zealand’s first Māori MP following the Western Māori election on 29 November 1949.  Read more...