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 Hammond scores 336* v NZ at Auckland, 47 fours 10 sixes

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
  • 1950-02-04 4th 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
  • 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)

CommunicationThe 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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  • 1987-06-20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • 1990-01-24 14th Commonwealth Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1990-02-03 14th Commonwealth Games close 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
  • 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.
  • 2000-03-02 America's Cup: Team New Zealand defeats Prada Challenge 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 2003-03-02 America's Cup: Alinghi defeats Team New Zealand 5-0 to win in Auckland
  • 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
  • 2011-10-23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • 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 Black ruby team scores record 57-0 against South African Springboks in Auckland

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)

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
  • 1934-05-01 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (All Blacks 20 caps), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1934-10-22 Donald McIntyre, Bass-Baritone (Wotan-Das Rheingold), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, All Black (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1942-07-17 Gale Garnett, 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
  • 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
  • 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, Smallbore rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-09-20 Alannah Currie, rock xylophone/vocalist (Thompson Twins), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959-03-17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1960-05-14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland

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, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-02-28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), 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)

  • 1963-11-03 Stephen Corkin, judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-06-12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965-03-31 Patty Fendick, American tennis star (1989 Auckland), 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
  • 1967-10-21 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, Open 470 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 Douglas Pirini, 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
  • 1971-08-26 Sharon Tina Jenkins, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-10-31 Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1971-12-12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972-01-07 Aaron John Mcintosh, sailboard 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
  • 1973-04-08 Walter Nicholas Henry Tongue, 50m/100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1973-10-15 Susannah Kate Pryde, 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
  • 1974-10-23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland

Person of interestJonah Lomu

1975-05-12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player and the youngest ever All Black, 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
  • 1976-05-09 Faye Johnstone, archer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982-02-10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, 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

Person of interestLorde

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

Singer Lorde
Singer
Lorde