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First train runs length of main trunk line

1908 First train runs length of main trunk line

The 'Parliament Special' travelled over a makeshift track in the central section of the still-unfinished main trunk line. It carried MPs north to greet the American navy's 'Great White Fleet'. Read more...

Death of Billy T. James

1991 Death of Billy T. James

The much-loved entertainer was just 43 when he died of heart failure. Read more...

Beatrice Faumuina wins athletics world championship gold

1997 Beatrice Faumuina wins athletics world championship gold

Beatrice Faumuina became the first New Zealander to win an event at a World Athletics Championships when she threw the discus 66.82 m at Athens in 1997. Read more...