7 June

The Battle of Messines

1917 The Battle of Messines

The Battle of Messines was a prelude to the much larger Third Battle of Ypres, better known as Passchendaele. New Zealanders played a prominent role in this successful action but paid a heavy price: 3700 casualties, including 700 dead. Read more...
Fighter ace Edgar ‘Cobber’ Kain killed

1940 Fighter ace Edgar ‘Cobber’ Kain killed

Known to others as ‘Killer Kain’, the Hastings-born pilot's exploits flying Hurricanes for the RAF’s No. 73 Squadron in the first year of the Second World War had made him a household name. Read more...
McDonald's arrives in New Zealand

1976 McDonald's arrives in New Zealand

The golden arches appeared for the first time in New Zealand at Cobham Court, Porirua. Read more...