New Zealand in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 213

  • 1642-03-12 Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand
  • 1642-12-13 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland

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1769-10-08 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook
  • 1769-12-25 First Christian service in New Zealand; Mass is celebrated in Doubtless Bay by Father Paul-Antoine Léonard de Villefeix of the de Surville expedition
  • 1772-06-12 Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori
  • 1773-12-18 A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand
  • 1814-12-22 Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society arrives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to establish the country's first mission station; Sheep, cattle, horses and poultry are introduced
  • 1814-12-25 Rev Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society holds the first Christian service in New Zealand on land, at Rangihoua
  • 1819-08-17 The Church Missionary Society establishes New Zealand's second mission station at Kerikeri
  • 1819-11-04 Māori Chiefs Hongi Hika and Rewa sell 13,000 acres (5260 hectares) at Kerikeri to the Church Missionary Society for 48 felling axes, New Zealand
  • 1827-03-07 Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
  • 1835-12-21 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)

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1835-12-25 Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in Pahia, New Zealand

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1835-12-30 HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin sails from NZ to Sydney
  • 1840-01-22 New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

1840-01-29 First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

  • 1840-02-06 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.
  • 1840-05-21 Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'
  • 1840-08-18 French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand
  • 1840-11-16 New Zealand officially becomes British colony
  • 1841-05-03 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales
  • 1845-03-11 The Flagstaff War: In New Zealand, Chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti lead 700 Māoris to chop down the British flagpole and drive settlers out of the British colonial settlement of Kororareka because of breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.
  • 1848-03-23 The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
  • 1850-12-16 Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand
  • 1853-07-14 New Zealand holds its first general election
  • 1856-07-31 Christchurch, New Zealand, is chartered as a city.
  • 1860-03-28 First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins (New Zealand).
  • 1860-08-03 The Second Maori War begins in New Zealand.
  • 1861-03-19 The First Taranaki War ends in New Zealand
  • 1863-02-07 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.
  • 1863-07-12 In New Zealand, British forces invade Waikato, home of the Maori King Movement, beginning a new phase of the wars between Maori and Colonial British
  • 1863-07-17 Māori forces are defeated by British troops at Koheroa, Waikato, in the New Zealand Wars between Maori tribes and British colonials
  • 1863-10-31 The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato.
  • 1864-01-21 The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins
  • 1864-04-29 Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga
  • 1864-06-21 New Zealand Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends
  • 1865-03-02 Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.
  • 1865-07-26 The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington
  • 1868-07-04 In New Zealand, Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman and sailed for New Zealand; the fugitives landed at Whareongaonga six days later
  • 1868-11-02 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally
  • 1869-03-14 Defeat of Maori leader Titokowaru in New Zealand.
  • 1876-02-18 Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand
  • 1876-11-01 New Zealand's provincial government system is dissolved.
  • 1877-07-11 Kate Edger becomes New Zealand’s first woman graduate and the first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts
  • 1878-09-30 Great Flood hits New Zealand's South Island
  • 1881-11-05 1,600 police and volunteers attack Māori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Māori land, New Zealand
  • 1882-02-15 SS Dunedin leaves New Zealand for Britain with the first cargo of frozen meat.
  • 1886-06-10 Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink & white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand)
  • 1888-10-03 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • 1893-04-27 Richard "King Dick" Seddon succeeds John Balance as premier of New Zealand and leader of Liberal Party

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1893-07-28 A petition organised by Kate Sheppard, demanding women's suffrage, is delivered to New Zealand's parliament; signed by over 25,000 women, a 5th of the adult European female population

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1893-09-19 New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote
  • 1893-11-28 Women vote in a national election for the first time, in the New Zealand general election
  • 1894-08-31 The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act passed by Richard Seddon’s Liberal government, making New Zealand the first country in the world to outlaw strikes in favour of compulsory arbitration
  • 1896-10-13 First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand
  • 1901-06-11 Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand
  • 1906-09-22 In New Zealand Domestic workers call for a 68-hour working week
  • 1907-09-26 New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.
  • 1907-12-11 New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.
  • 1908-08-07 The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington

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1911-06-22 King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1914-08-29 New Zealand forces capture German Samoa
  • 1914-12-23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.
  • 1916-04-02 57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana
  • 1916-06-16 Passing of the Military Services Bill introduces conscription in New Zealand
  • 1916-07-07 The New Zealand Labour party is formed
  • 1917-05-11 King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
  • 1923-06-30 New Zealand claims Ross Dependency in Antarctica
  • 1923-07-06 Rail crash on New Zealand's main trunk line; 17 killed and 28 injured
  • 1923-07-30 New Zealand claims Ross Dependency
  • 1930-01-10 Maurice Allom takes Test hat-trick England v NZ Christchurch
  • 1930-01-24 Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's 1st Test century
  • 1930-05-28 Georges Forbes succeeds Joseph Ward as premier of New Zealand
  • 1931-01-07 Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.
  • 1931-02-03 The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258
  • 1931-09-22 Coalition Government forms in New Zealand to combat the Depression (their lack of success led to the election of the First Labour Government in 1935)
  • 1931-12-11 Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland (Free State), and Newfoundland (not then part of Canada)
  • 1933-04-01 Hammond scores 336* v NZ at Auckland, 47 fours 10 sixes
  • 1933-09-13 Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first New Zealand woman Member of Parliament
  • 1936-03-26 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio
  • 1937-09-18 The first New Zealand State house opens in Miramar
  • 1937-12-29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1939-09-03 WWII: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada
  • 1939-09-05 New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands,we stand'
  • 1941-09-17 The New Zealand Labour Party abolishes the death penalty (It is reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961)
  • 1941-11-22 NZ troops conquer Ft Capuzzo Libya
  • 1942-02-12 German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen escape from Brest to Germany in a dash up the English Channel
  • 1943-01-29 New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal
  • 1943-04-16 40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands (85 killed)
  • 1944-04-13 Diplomatic relations are established between New Zealand and the Soviet Union.
  • 1947-11-01 UN trusteeship for Nauru granted to Australia, NZ & UK
  • 1947-11-25 New Zealand accedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
  • 1949-01-01 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • 1949-01-29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1950-02-04 4th British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-02-11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951-09-01 US, Australia & New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty
  • 1951-09-02 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact

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1952-02-08 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1953-12-25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 227

  • 1792-09-26 William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, born in Waterford, Ireland (d. 1842)
  • 1833-01-01 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d. 1902)
  • 1839-03-27 John Ballance, Glenavy, Ulster, Ireland, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party
  • 1843-12-21 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
  • 1844-09-28 Robert Stout, NZ Prime Minister (1884-87), born in Shetland Islands Scotland
  • 1845-06-22 Richard John Seddon, Eccleston, England, the longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand

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1847-03-10 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1934)

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1856-04-26 Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)
  • 1858-07-21 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (d. 1941)
  • 1865-01-17 Gen Sir Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

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1871-08-30 Ernest Rutherford [1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson], New Zealand physicist and father of nuclear physics (Nobel 1908), born in Brightwater, New Zealand (d. 1937)

  • 1874-07-03 Āpirana Ngata, Te Araroa on the East Coast of New Zealand, a prominent Maori New Zealand politician and lawyer
  • 1877-02-24 Ettie Rout, New Zealand activist (d. 1936)
  • 1878-02-03 Joseph Gordon Coates, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1925-28), born in Ruatuna (d. 1943)

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1888-10-14 Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1923)

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • 1893-08-15 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)
  • 1893-10-18 Sidney Holland, NZ, PM of NZ (1949-57)
  • 1894-02-06 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer (d. 1979)
  • 1895-04-15 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1895-04-23 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)
  • 1896-01-09 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1899-03-25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • 1903-03-11 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)
  • 1904-02-11 Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)
  • 1905-04-25 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1986)
  • 1908-03-12 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)
  • 1909-09-15 Jean Batten, NZ air pioneer (1st woman to fly solo Australia-
  • 1910-12-24 William "Bill" Pickering, NASA scientist (JPL), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1912-08-30 Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent
  • 1914-02-03 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)
  • 1914-11-09 Colin Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War
  • 1914-12-25 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)
  • 1916-07-09 Sir Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer (d. 1984)
  • 1917-07-06 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • 1919-04-05 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), born in Gisbourne (d. 2015)

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1919-07-20 Edmund Hillary, Explorer and Mountaineer (1st to scale Mt Everest with Tenzing Norgay), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2008)

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • 1921-02-06 Bob Scott [Robert], Ruby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1921-09-25 Robert Muldoon, premier NZ (1975-84)/chairman (IMF)
  • 1925-02-07 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, born in Linz (d. 1986)
  • 1925-06-11 Richard White, Gisborne, New Zealand, rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), (d. 2012)
  • 1926-05-09 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • 1926-11-27 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author
  • 1928-02-29 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1930-04-18 Clive Revill, actor (Legend of Hell House), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1930-05-24 Ivor Richardson, Judge (NZ Court of Appeals)
  • 1930-08-25 Bruce Allpress, New Zealand actor
  • 1932-06-04 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer
  • 1933-07-07 Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1934-02-10 Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1934-04-09 Bill Birch, New Zealand politician
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934-11-13 Peter Arnett, New Zealand-born American journalist
  • 1934-12-30 Barry Briggs, NZ auto maker (World Champion 1957, 58, 64, 66)
  • 1935-05-31 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, All Black (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1935-08-18 Howard Morrison, New Zealand entertainer
  • 1936-03-14 Bob Charles, Carterton, New Zealand, PGA golfer (1963 Houston Open)
  • 1936-06-03 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1937-06-01 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1937-08-30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team (d. 1970)
  • 1939-02-11 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1941-01-17 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist
  • 1942-04-22 Denis Lill, New Zealand-born British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1942-07-17 Gale Garnett, singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1942-08-04 David Russell Lange, PM (L) NZ (1984-89)
  • 1943-07-20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1945-09-17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor

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1945-12-15 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), born in Wellington, New Zealand

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King

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1947-09-14 Sam Neill, New Zealand actor (Jurassic Park, Dead Calm, The Piano), born in Omagh, Northern Ireland

Actor Sam Neill
Actor
Sam Neill
  • 1948-01-16 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer (d. 2002)
  • 1949-12-04 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live)
  • 1949-12-05 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-12-10 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer, born in Wanganui
  • 1951-06-10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1953-01-25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • 1953-06-14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician
  • 1953-09-02 Gerhard P J Thiele, Brenz Germany, astronaut
  • 1954-04-30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director
  • 1955-06-01 Lorraine Moller, Boulder Colo, NZ athelete (Olympics-96)
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1956-03-01 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • 1956-04-13 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)
  • 1956-05-23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • 1957-05-30 Allison Roe, marathoner (NYC-1981), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-08-02 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Smallbore rifle (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-09-20 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone/vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1958-05-27 Neil Finn, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You, Crowded House)
  • 1959-01-10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter
  • 1959-03-17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1960-02-15 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • 1960-05-14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1960-12-26 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor
  • 1961-05-10 Blyth Tait, England, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1961-08-01 Andrew Nicholson, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96)
  • 1961-08-09 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland
  • 1961-10-05 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer

Famous Weddings


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1871-07-21 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1925-08-25 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2007-04-14 Two and a Half Men actress Melanie Lynskey (29) weds actor Jimmi Simpson (31) in a chapel overlooking a vineyard on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 2012-11-17 Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 2012-12-01 Minnesota Twins baseball catcher Joe Mauer (29) weds Maddie Bisanz at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota

Famous Deaths

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  • 1842-08-10 Captain William Hobson, first British Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1860-06-25 Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The Māori King, Waikato, New Zealand
  • 1865-03-02 Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)
  • 1869-11-16 Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason
  • 1884-12-01 William Swainson (lawyer), second, and last, Attorney-General (New Zealand) of the Crown Colony of New Zealand (b. 1809)
  • 1893-04-27 John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • 1894-08-26 Te Wherowhero Tāwhia, Second Māori King and leader of the Waikato tribes in New Zealand, dies at 71 or 72
  • 1898-02-16 Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)
  • 1902-12-03 Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)
  • 1906-06-10 Richard John Seddon, longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, 61
  • 1907-01-14 Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)
  • 1915-05-19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)

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1923-01-09 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), dies of tuberculosis at 34

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • 1930-07-19 Robert Stout, NZ prime minister (1884-87), dies at 85

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1934-07-13 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, dies at 87

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1934-09-02 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)
  • 1936-09-17 Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)

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1937-10-19 Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist (Nobel 1908), dies at 66

  • 1940-03-27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • 1941-07-27 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (b. 1858)
  • 1947-05-17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • 1950-07-14 Āpirana Ngata, a prominent Maori New Zealand politician and lawyer, dies at 76
  • 1950-12-11 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)
  • 1961-08-05 Sidney Holland, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67
  • 1963-07-04 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • 1970-01-27 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • 1970-06-02 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer, designer, and founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)
  • 1971-10-10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • 1974-08-31 Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (b. 1923
  • 1975-12-08 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1978-01-06 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • 1979-04-23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • 1980-04-12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • 1982-02-18 Edith Ngaio Marsh, NZ detective writer/producer, dies at 82
  • 1986-06-27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1905)
  • 1987-06-19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • 1987-12-27 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • 1989-09-04 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian (b. 1903)
  • 1990-08-16 Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • 1992-08-05 Robert Muldoon, premier NZ (1975-84)/President IMF, dies
  • 1993-02-10 Fred Hollows, New Zealand ophthalmologist (b. 1929)
  • 1994-01-04 Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), dies at 48
  • 1994-07-03 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, dies at 80
  • 1995-10-31 Wallace Edward Rowling, PM of NZ (1974-1975), dies at 68
  • 1996-05-23 Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber (b. 1941)
  • 1999-04-13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • 2001-07-08 John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2001-12-06 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53

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2002-02-15 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • 2002-03-14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • 2003-04-13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • 2003-04-30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003-07-21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2003-11-12 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (b. 1986)
  • 2004-01-29 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)
  • 2004-03-15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93

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2004-03-30 Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • 2004-08-14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • 2004-10-05 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2004-10-10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)
  • 2004-12-11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • 2004-12-29 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • 2005-01-19 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • 2005-03-26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • 2005-08-13 David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)
  • 2005-11-05 Rod Donald, New Zealand environmentalist (b. 1957)
  • 2005-11-06 Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader (b. 1957)
  • 2005-12-04 Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • 2006-01-04 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • 2006-02-01 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)
  • 2006-03-08 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • 2006-04-23 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)
  • 2006-05-30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • 2006-06-11 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)
  • 2006-08-30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2006-09-19 Hugh Kawharu, New Zealander Ngāti Whātua Māori chief (b. 1927)
  • 2006-10-08 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)
  • 2007-04-16 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 2007-05-02 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2007-05-19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • 2007-06-20 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • 2007-07-22 Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)
  • 2007-08-07 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • 2007-08-15 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • 2007-08-28 Nikola Nobilo, New Zealand winemaker (b. 1913)
  • 2007-08-29 James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (b. 1914)
  • 2007-09-01 Roy McKenzie, New Zealand philanthropist (b. 1922)
  • 2007-09-13 Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
  • 2007-10-24 Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • 2007-11-23 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)

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2008-01-11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • 2008-10-02 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • 2008-12-13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • 2010-05-31 Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (b. 1942)
  • 2011-06-06 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • 2012-03-10 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • 2012-03-13 Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • 2012-10-22 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 77
  • 2012-11-16 Bob Scott, New Zealand Rugby player, dies at 91
  • 2013-02-01 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62