Auckland in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-02-07 HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189
  • 1865-07-26 The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington
  • 1874-11-17 Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ
  • 1888-10-20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 1920-07-16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • 1933-04-01 England cricket batsman Wally Hammond smashes 34 fours, 10 sixes in a Test record unbeaten 336 in the drawn 2nd Test against New Zealand in Auckland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936-10-16 Jean Batten reaches Auckland, New Zealand after flying solo from Kent, England in a record 11 days and 45 minutes

Aviator Jean Batten
Aviator
Jean Batten
  • 1937-12-29 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1940-04-30 Air New Zealand then known as TEAL makes its inaugural flight with a flight from Auckland to Sydney. Later becomes 1st airline in the world to boil hot water in-flight to offer customers hot tea and coffee.
  • 1950-02-04 IV British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-02-11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1953-12-24 Wellington-Auckland (NZ) express train swept away in flood kills 166
  • 1959-05-30 The Auckland Harbour Bridge is officially opened in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1963-07-20 Riots break out at Mt Eden Prison, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-08-16 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1976-01-25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland

  • 1985-01-25 Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)

Sinking ShipThe Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

1985-07-10 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
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The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
The Rainbow Warrior sunk in Auckland harbour
  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9
  • 1990-01-24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991-05-29 "Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1996-03-03 Auckland beat Wellington by 9 wickets to win Shell Trophy Final
  • 1996-05-25 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team
  • 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.
  • 1997-05-31 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners
  • 1998-05-30 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: In an all-NZ final, Andrew Mehrtens lands 2 penalties & 2 conversions as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Blues, 20-13; Crusaders' first title
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • 2003-05-24 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Auckland Blues beat defending champion Canterbury Crusaders, 21-17 for their 3rd title
  • 2003-08-16 New Zealand beats Australia, 21-17 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 5th Tri Nations Rugby Series; All Blacks have undefeated 4-0 record and regain Bledisloe Cup from Wallabies
  • 2004-08-15 Bay of Plenty defeat Auckland 33-26 in Rugby Union to win NZ's Ranfurly shield for the first time in the shield's 102 year history and after 28 unsuccessful challenges
  • 2005-09-03 After beating South Africa the previous weekend, New Zealand clinch their 6th Tri Nations Rugby Series with a 34-24 win over Australia in Auckland; All Blacks winger Doug Howlett crosses for 3 tries
  • 2007-07-21 New Zealand beats Australia, 26-12 at Eden Park, Auckland to win their 3rd consecutive Tri Nations Rugby Series; flyhalf Dan Carter lands 7 penalties for the All Blacks
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • 2016-03-02 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • 2017-02-06 Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha
  • 2017-09-16 New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team hands South Africa their biggest test match defeat in history; beat Springboks, 57-0 in Rugby Championship round in Albany, NZ

Famous Birthdays

  • 1863-11-03 Billy Murphy, New Zealand boxer (world featherweight champion 1890; first world champion in any class from NZ), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 1939)
  • 1884-03-13 Hugh S. Walpole, British novelist and playwright (Jeremy, Maradick at 40), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1941)
  • 1914-02-03 Felix Kelly, New Zealand-born British artist, born in Auckland (d. 1994)
  • 1917-07-06 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

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

Person of interestRobert Muldoon

1921-09-25 Robert Muldoon, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), born in Auckland (d. 1992)

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • 1930-09-03 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 1932-06-04 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1933-02-11 Mildred Sampson, New Zealand distance runner (world marathon record 3:19:33 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934-01-06 Harry M. Miller, Australian entrepreneur, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1934-05-01 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (20 caps; Wellington 133 games), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1936-01-05 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1937-08-30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1941-01-03 Malcolm Dick, New Zealand rugby union winger (15 caps) and administrator (New Zealand Rugby Union council 1986-92), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1942-07-17 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer (We'll Sing in the Sunshine), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestDavid Lange

1942-08-04 David Lange, New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1984-1990), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2005)

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • 1945-09-17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947-04-23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1948-10-01 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman and winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951-06-10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951-07-24 Chris Smith, New Zealand politician (Labour), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1953-06-14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1954-12-26 Peter Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, philanthropist and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-05-30 Allison Roe, marathoner (NYC-1981), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-07-01 Grant Dalton, New Zealand sailor (Whitbread Round the World, American's Cup), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-08-02 Stephen Kelly Petterson, New Zealand mallbore rifle shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-09-20 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone and vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1960-05-14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, Golf Channel), born in Auckland, NZ

Person of interestJohn Key

1961-08-09 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 1961-10-22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-01-05 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-02-28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-12-04 Gary Freeman, New Zealand rugby league halfback, captain and coach (45 Tests; coach 3 games; Dally M Medal 1992), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestKevin Smith

1963-03-16 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)

  • 1964-06-12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965-03-31 Patty Fendick, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1991), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-08-22 Patricia Hy-Boulais, tennis star (1994 Auckland doubles), born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • 1967-03-30 Julie Richardson, tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-13 Steve Vickers, English footballer (Middlesbrough), born in Bishop Auckland, England
  • 1967-10-21 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestLucy Lawless

1968-03-29 Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress (Xena: Warrior Princess) and singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Actress & Singer Lucy Lawless
Actress & Singer
Lucy Lawless
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-27 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-06 Doug Pirini, New Zealand decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-09-22 Nicole Bradtke, Australian tennis star (1995 Auckland), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1969-10-16 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-07-19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-12-30 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-02-15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-05-13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-12-12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-03-29 Paul Michael Kent, New Zealand athlete, breastroker (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland
  • 1972-10-27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-01-05 Phil Joel, Australian bassist (Newsboys), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-04-08 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-10-15 Susannah Kate Pryde, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-12-28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974-10-09 Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor (Shortland Street), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974-10-23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland

Person of interestJonah Lomu

1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), born in Auckland (d. 2015)

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1976-03-14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1979-12-03 Daniel Bedingfield, English New Zealand singer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1980-02-29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league centre (22 Tests; Auckland Warriors, Leeds Rhinos), born in Stratford, New Zealand
  • 1981-08-29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), New Zealand actor, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982-02-10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1984-06-27 Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress (Haven), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1985-08-03 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1985-11-10 Ricki-Lee Coulter, Australian singer (Hell No!), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1986-07-16 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor (The King's Speech), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestDaniel Logan

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

  • 1990-09-09 Shaun Johnson, New Zealand Rugby League halfback (Auckland Warriors, Cronulla Sharks), born in Auckland, NZ
  • 1991-01-04 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestLorde

1996-11-07 Lorde [Ella Yelich-O'Connor], New Zealand singer (Royals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde

Famous Deaths

  • 2020-02-17 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), dies at 84