6 February

Treaty of Waitangi signed

1840 Treaty of Waitangi signed

More than 40 Māori chiefs signed a treaty with the British Crown in the Bay of Islands. This ‘Treaty of Waitangi’ remains controversial.

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Liner <em>Wanganella</em> refloated in Wellington Harbour

1947 Liner Wanganella refloated in Wellington Harbour

The liner, carrying 400 passengers, struck Barrett Reef in Wellington Harbour on 19 January. Only an unusually long spell of fine weather - dubbed 'Wanganella weather' by locals - saved it from becoming a total wreck.

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