31 December

Grey leaves New Zealand after first term as governor

1853 Grey leaves New Zealand after first term as governor

During his first term as governor, George Grey was praised for ending the Northern War and obtaining land from Māori, but he also angered settlers by delaying the implementation of a constitution that would have given them political power. Read more...

First Gathering dance festival held

1996 First Gathering dance festival held

On New Year’s Eve around 4000 people made their way to the remote location of Canaan Downs, Tākaka, to take part in the first Gathering, a two-day festival for electronic dance music fans. Read more...