30 April

Pai Mārire defeated at Sentry Hill, Taranaki

1864 Pai Mārire defeated at Sentry Hill, Taranaki

In one of their first armed operations, several hundred Pai Mārire fighters attacked a British redoubt at Te Mōrere (Sentry Hill) in Taranaki. Scores were killed and wounded. Read more...
Ex-Governor FitzRoy commits suicide

1865 Ex-Governor FitzRoy commits suicide

Robert FitzRoy, the second governor of New Zealand (1843-45), took his own life at his home near London. Opinion on his governorship has always been divided. Read more...
William Sanders awarded New Zealand's only naval VC

1917 William Sanders awarded New Zealand's only naval VC

William Sanders received the Victoria Cross (VC) for bravery during a German U-boat (submarine) attack on his ship. He became the first – and only – New Zealander to win the British Empire’s highest military decoration in a naval action. Read more...