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Events on this Day – 29 May

1905

As well as providing care for expectant mothers, the new St Helens hospital in Wellington trained midwifery students.

1947

When mabel Howard was appointed minister of health and minister in charge of child welfare, she became the first woman to serve as a Cabinet minister in New Zealand.

1953

A beekeeper from New Zealand, Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first people to stand on the summit of the world’s highest peak.