Today in New Zealand History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 213

  • 1954-09-20 New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.
  • 1955-11-09 NZ all out for 70 v Pakistan at Dacca
  • 1957-06-25 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
  • 1958-06-20 NZ all out 47 v England at Lord's, Laker 4-13, Lock 5-17
  • 1959-05-30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1960-06-25 South Africa beats New Zealand 13-0 in the first rugby test of the series in Johannesburg
  • 1962-01-01 Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
  • 1963-07-03 In New Zealand, a National Airways Corporation Dakota DC-3 crashes in the Kaimai Ranges; all 23 passengers and crew are killed in what is still New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident
  • 1963-07-20 Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-04-13 New Zealander Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day
  • 1965-03-07 Bruce Taylor takes 5-86 in debut innings for NZ after ton
  • 1965-03-20 Venkataraghavan takes 8-72 v NZ at Delhi
  • 1965-07-09 John Edrich completes 310* v NZ in 532 minutes, 52 fours 5 sixes
  • 1965-08-04 Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand
  • 1967-04-19 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand 1st man in 2:15:45 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:27:17
  • 1967-12-24 Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand
  • 1968-04-10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • 1971-08-18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government
  • 1973-02-10 Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 v NZ Dunedin
  • 1973-06-28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing; NZ Prime Minister Norman Kirk told the crew of the Otago that their Mururoa mission was an ‘honourable’ one
  • 1974-01-01 With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa
  • 1974-01-24 10th British Commonwealth Games open in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1974-02-02 10th British Commonwealth Games close in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1974-07-07 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • 1974-10-19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand
  • 1976-01-25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • 1976-01-28 Erapalli Prasanna takes 8-76 to rip through NZ at Eden Park
  • 1976-02-13 Peter Casserly of NZ hand-sheers record 353 lambs in 9 hours
  • 1976-06-30 John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 m, 4:51.4
  • 1976-07-17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • 1976-09-09 New Zealand government establishes the country’s first centralised electronic database through the Wanganui Computer Act, raising questions about the state’s ability to gather information on its citizens
  • 1976-10-09 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on debut NZ v Pak Javed 1st wkt
  • 1979-11-28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica kills 257
  • 1981-02-03 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1981-04-20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
  • 1981-07-25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
  • 1981-07-29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1983-02-13 Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1984-02-05 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • 1984-04-16 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
  • 1985-02-04 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ of nuclear weapons

CommunicationThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand

  • 1986-06-27 US informs NZ it will not defend it against attack
  • 1986-07-09 The New Zealand parliament passes the Homosexual Law Reform Bill legalising consensual sex between men aged 16 and older
  • 1986-10-01 New Zealand's Labour Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding 10% to the cost of most goods and services
  • 1987-06-08 New Zealand's Labour government legislates against nuclear weapons and nuclear powered vessels in NZ. Only nation to legislate against nuclear power
  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • 1987-08-01 In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings.
  • 1988-07-01 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua
  • 1988-09-09 US Stars & Stripes H3 defeats NZ's KZ-1 at the 27th America's Cup: NZ appeal in court but eventually lose
  • 1988-10-09 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12
  • 1989-03-28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 1989-09-19 Appeals court restores America's Cup to US after NY Supreme Court gave it to NZ (NZ protested US's use of a catamaran)
  • 1989-12-21 New Zealand is the first country to set a formal inflation target (0-2%) for how much prices should rise each year. Similar targets are subsequently adopted by most developed countries.
  • 1990-01-24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990-02-03 14th Commonwealth Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990-02-23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

1990-02-27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy

  • 1990-06-29 World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed in New Zealand
  • 1990-11-13 In Aramoana, New Zealand, Resident David Gray shoots dead 13 people, in the Aramoana Massacre.
  • 1991-01-15 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1991-02-02 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington
  • 1991-05-29 "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991-10-01 New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.
  • 1992-03-21 Pakistan scores 6-264 to overhaul NZ in exciting World Cup semi
  • 1993-08-10 An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.
  • 1994-04-26 1st multi-racial election in South Africa begins [3 days] Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote
  • 1995-02-13 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55
  • 1995-05-13 New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup
  • 1995-06-24 3rd Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
  • 1995-11-26 New Zealand score 8-348 in 49 overs v India in Nagpur ODI
  • 1996-03-11 Chris Harris scores 130 in losing NZ side v Australia, World Cup
  • 1997-03-03 The tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Sky Tower in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, opens after two-and-a-half years of construction.
  • 1999-11-27 The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
  • 2000-01-01 Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2000-11-25 12th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 40-12
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2003-11-22 5th Rugby World Cup: England beats New Zealand 20-17 at Sydney

Film release premierFilm Premier

2003-12-01 "The Return of the King", 3rd and final film in the Lord of the Rings series, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in Wellington, New Zealand

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
  • 2004-04-28 Shrek the sheep from Tarra New Zealand, is finally shorn live on tv after 6 years avoidance, the fleece weighed 27 kg (60 lb)
  • 2004-06-12 A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.
  • 2004-11-11 New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.
  • 2004-11-27 New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris
  • 2005-04-29 New Zealand's first civil union takes place.
  • 2006-04-06 NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand
  • 2006-05-16 A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.
  • 2006-08-04 Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.
  • 2006-11-11 The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
  • 2007-07-03 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-2 to win in Spain
  • 2007-10-15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
  • 2008-11-22 13th Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Australia 34-20
  • 2009-07-15 A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.
  • 2010-09-04 Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
  • 2011-02-22 An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people
  • 2011-06-13 Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • 2012-01-07 Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11
  • 2012-08-06 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 171 of 171

  • 1969-10-10 Scott Anthony Murray Nelson, Geelong Australia, NZ 20k walker (Oly-96)
  • 1970-02-09 Grant Moorhead, New Zealand golfer, born in New Plymouth
  • 1970-07-22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • 1971-02-15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer
  • 1971-05-18 Daniel Gowing, Germany, NZ judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-07-18 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • 1971-10-31 Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1972-03-29 Paul Michael Kent, Australia, NZ breastroker (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-06-07 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • 1972-08-18 Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
  • 1972-12-16 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
  • 1974-01-10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor
  • 1974-10-02 Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • 1974-10-09 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor
  • 1975-01-02 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1975-01-05 Kylie Bax, New Zealand model
  • 1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, born in Auckland (d. 2015)
  • 1975-09-08 Larenz Tate, American Actor
  • 1975-12-13 Sarah Brady, Miss Universe-New Zealand (1996)
  • 1976-02-12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1976-06-25 Marina Alofagia McCartney, Miss New Zealand Universe (1997)
  • 1976-06-29 Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician
  • 1976-12-03 Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977-01-22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1977-10-07 Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress
  • 1977-10-18 Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1977-11-28 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-03-18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-05-29 Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor
  • 1978-07-06 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1978-07-12 Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress
  • 1978-09-05 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-09-21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1978-11-17 Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress
  • 1979-03-04 Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist
  • 1979-03-20 Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • 1979-11-20 Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)
  • 1980-02-29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1980-03-14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1980-07-22 Scott Dixon, New Zealand racing driver
  • 1980-07-31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player
  • 1980-11-04 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Apia, Samoa
  • 1980-12-31 Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1981-01-05 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1981-04-02 Bethany Joy Lenz-Galeotti, American actress
  • 1981-06-18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)
  • 1982-02-10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1982-03-05 Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
  • 1982-05-21 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1982-08-26 David Long, New Zealand musician
  • 1983-05-31 Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
  • 1984-02-21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player
  • 1984-04-02 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress
  • 1984-05-28 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
  • 1984-06-27 Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress
  • 1985-02-25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1985-08-03 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1986-04-20 Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)
  • 1986-07-16 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor
  • 1986-11-18 Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor
  • 1987-04-10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano
  • 1987-04-26 Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987-06-06 Daniel Logan, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), born in Auckland

  • 1987-09-01 Dann Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore)
  • 1989-09-15 Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician
  • 1990-03-24 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
  • 1991-01-04 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress
  • 1994-11-27 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996-11-07 Lorde [Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor], Auckland, New Zealand Singer (Royals)

Singer Lorde

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1997-04-24 Lydia Ko, New Zealand professional golfer, born in Seoul, South Korea

Golfer Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko

Famous Weddings

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 102 of 102

  • 2015-06-05 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2015-08-03 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96