New Zealand History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 344

  • 1939-09-03 World War II: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada

Historic Event

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'

Election of Interest

1940-03-27 Peter Fraser becomes Prime Minister of New Zealand after the death of his predecessor Michael Joeseph Savage from cancer

  • 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.
  • 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 New Zealand and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations
  • 1946-11-27 Peter Fraser's Labour government wins a second term in New Zealand's general elections
  • 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 and Switzerland recognize Israel
  • 1949-11-30 New Zealand general election won by Sidney Holland's National party, ousting Peter Fraser's Labour government
  • 1950-02-04 IV British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-02-11 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race
  • 1950-02-11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1951-09-01 US, Australia and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • 1951-09-02 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact

Historic Event

1951-10-15 First synthesis of an oral contraceptive (norethindrone) made by Luis E. Miramontes under direction of Carl Djerassi and George Rosenkranz at Mexican drug company Syntex

Historic Event

1952-02-06 Queen Elizabeth II succeeds King George VI to the British throne and proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms including Canada, Australia and New Zealand

  • 1953-12-25 Avalanche of lava kills 150 from Ruapehu volcano in New Zealand
  • 1954-01-12 Queen Elizabeth II opens New Zealand parliament
  • 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

Historic Event

1958-01-04 NZ team led by Edmund Hillary reaches the South Pole, the 1st to reach the Pole overland using motor vehicles and the 1st since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912

  • 1958-06-20 New Zealand all out 47 v England in 2nd Test at Lord's; Jim Laker 4-13, Tony Lock 5-17; England wins by an innings & 148 runs
  • 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
  • 1960-09-02 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell claims first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 1960-11-20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand
  • 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 New Zealand’s worst internal civil aviation accident
  • 1963-07-13 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Bob Charles of New Zealand wins his only major championship in a 36-hole playoff, 8 strokes ahead of runner-up Phil Rodgers; becomes first left-hander to win a major title
  • 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
  • 1964-08-16 Mildred Sampson of New Zealand runs female world marathon record 3:19:33 in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964-10-21 New Zealand athlete Peter Snell wins the 1,500m at the Tokyo Olympics; his second gold medal of the Games (800m); 3rd career gold
  • 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
  • 1965-11-08 Vietnam War: US, Australian and New Zealand forces launch Operation Hump, a search-and-destroy operation near Bien Hoa in South Vietnam
  • 1967-04-17 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)
  • 1967-10-22 Denny Hulme becomes first New Zealander to win the F1 World Drivers Championship with 3rd place in the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 5 points from team leader Jack Brabham
  • 1967-12-24 Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand
  • 1968-01-24 Operation Coburg, an Australian and New Zealand military action during the Vietnam War, begins
  • 1968-04-10 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • 1968-10-19 New Zealand scores an upset victory in the men's coxed four rowing final at the Mexico City Olympics; beats favoured East German crew by 2.58s; first ever rowing gold medal for the Kiwis
  • 1969-07-12 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951

Historic Event

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

  • 1973-01-01 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • 1973-06-12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • 1973-06-28 New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa nuclear test zone after France’s refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing
  • 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
  • 1974-07-07 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • 1974-10-19 Niue becomes self-govering, in association with New Zealand

Election of Interest

1975-11-29 New Zealand general election won by the National Party headed by Robert Muldoon

  • 1976-01-25 Surinder Amarnath scores 124 on Test debut Ind v NZ Auckland
  • 1976-01-28 E. A. S. 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

Sports History

1976-02-17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 New Zealand v India, his 1st match-winning spell

  • 1976-06-30 John Walker of NZ sets record for 2000 meters, 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
  • 1978-11-25 New Zealand general election won by ruling Prime Minister Robert Muldoon and the National Party
  • 1979-11-28 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica, killing 257 people, making it New Zealand's deadliest peacetime disaster
  • 1981-04-20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins men's race in 2:09:26; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes women's title 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 in New Zealand
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1981-10-25 New York City Marathon: defending champion Alberto Salazar retains crown in 2:08:13; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes out women's race in 2:25:29
  • 1981-11-28 New Zealand general election won by ruling National party and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

1983-07-03 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American John McEnroe wins 5th career Grand Slam title; outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

  • 1984-02-05 NZ beat England (82 & 93) by an innings in 3 days
  • 1984-04-16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28

Election of Interest

1984-07-14 New Zealand snap election, David Lange's Labour Party defeats Robert Muldoon's National Party

  • 1984-08-08 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984-08-10 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins 2 canoeing gold medals in the one day taking the K-1 500 and K-2 500 (with Paul MacDonald) at the LA Olympics; wins K-4 1000 the next day
  • 1984-08-11 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins his 3rd canoeing gold medal of the LA Olympics taking out the K-4 1000 a day after victories in the K-1 500 & K-2 500
  • 1985-02-04 Naval exercises canceled when US refuses to tell NZ if nuclear weapons aboard USS Buchanan

The 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.

  • 1985-08-26 French government denies knowledge of bombing of the Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland New Zealand
  • 1985-11-09 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 1987-11-01 New Zealand All Blacks create a rugby union international world record score when they beat Japan, 106-4 at the National Stadium in Tokyo
  • 1988-07-01 In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua

US Senior Golf Open

1988-08-08 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 strokes over New Zealander Bob Charles in an 18-hole playoff; his second straight US Senior title

  • 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
  • 1988-10-02 New Zealand horseman Mark Todd wins individual eventing gold medal aboard Charisma at the Seoul Olympics; his 2nd consecutive gold after winning in 1984
  • 1988-10-09 9th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats New Zealand 25-12

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 345

  • 1935-04-13 Kenneth Hayr, Air Marshal, born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2001)
  • 1935-05-31 Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1935-07-10 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1935-08-18 Howard Morrison, New Zealand entertainer, born in Rotorua, New Zealand (d. 2009)
  • 1936-01-05 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1936-03-14 Bob Charles, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • 1936-05-06 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • 1936-06-03 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1936-06-18 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • 1937-07-24 Barry Lloyd Vercoe, New Zealand composer and computer scientist (MIT Media Lab), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1937-08-02 Ronald Brierley, New Zealand investor and company director, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1937-08-30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1970)
  • 1938-05-26 Pauline Parker, New Zealand murderess (Parker–Hulme murder case), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1938-12-17 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), born in Opunake, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1939-02-11 Bryan Gould, New Zealand and British politician (L), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1939-03-19 Peter Thorburn MNZM, New Zealand rugby union coach (North Harbour, NZ sevens, Bristol RFC, United States), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1939-07-29 Annea Lockwood, American composer (Piano Burning), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1940-03-05 Graham McRae, New Zealand auto racer (Tasman Formula 5000 Series 1971, 72, 73; L&M Continental 5000 C'ship 1972), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1940-07-08 Waka Nathan, New Zealand rugby union flanker (14 Tests; Auckland RU), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1941-01-17 Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist, born in Martinborough, New Zealand
  • 1941-04-08 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2018)
  • 1941-11-12 Jenny McLeod, New Zealand composer (Earth and Sky; Seven Tone Clock Pieces; Hohepa), and educator, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1941-11-19 Eddie Raynor, New Zealand rock keyboardist (Split Enz; Crowded House), born in Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1941-12-13 Anouska Hempel, British actress (Tiffany Jones), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1942-04-22 Denis Lill, New Zealand-born British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1942-06-11 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), born in Eltham, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1942-07-17 Gale Garnett, New Zealand singer ("We'll Sing in the Sunshine"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1942-08-15 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), born in Waiuku, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • 1942-10-22 Robin John Maconie, New Zealand pianist, electro-acoustic film and concert composer, and musicologist (Stockhausen), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1943-07-20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1944-01-04 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), born in Blenheim, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1944-03-06 Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), born in Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 1944-12-25 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1945-09-17 Bruce Spence, New Zealand-Australian actor (Mad Max 2), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Michael King

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

  • 1946-09-17 Rhys Clark, New Zealand-American session and touring drummer (The Executives; Billy Joel, 1971-75; Hoyt Axton; Freddy Fender), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947-02-18 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), born in Renfrew, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1947-02-19 Tim Shadbolt, New Zealand politician (Mayor of Invercargill), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947-03-09 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947-04-23 Alan Broadbent, New Zealand jazz pianist (Developing Story), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1947-05-06 Alan Dale, New Zealand born actor (Neighbours), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

Sam Neill

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

  • 1948-01-16 Dalvanius Prime, New Zealand entertainer, born in Patea, New Zealand (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1949-01-17 Billy T. James [William James Te Wehi Taitoko], New Zealand Maori comedian and singer (The Billy T. James Show), born in Cambridge, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 1949-12-04 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live), born in Takapuna, Auckland
  • 1949-12-05 Ray Comfort, New Zealand evangelist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Helen Clark

1950-02-26 Helen Clark, New Zealand Prime Minister (Labour: 1999-2008) and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009-17), born in Hamilton, New Zealand

  • 1950-03-28 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1950-10-26 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), born in Wanganui, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-12-10 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer (British Open runner-up 1978), born in Wanganui, 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
  • 1952-06-25 Tim Finn, New Zealand rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist (Split Enz - "I Got You"; Crowded House - "Don't Dream It's Over"), and theatre and film composer ("Puberty Blues"), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1953-06-14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Jane Campion

1954-04-30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (The Piano, The Power of the Dog), born in Wellington, New Zealand

  • 1954-12-26 Peter Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer, philanthropist and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1955-06-01 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1956-03-01 Mark Todd, New Zealand equestrian rider (Olympic gold individual eventing 1984, 88), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • 1956-04-13 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, born in New Zealand (d. 2003)
  • 1956-05-23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby union flanker (30 caps; Manawatu, Hawke's Bay), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1956-05-30 Allison Roe MBE, New Zealand marathon runner (NYC, Boston 1981; Seoul 1982), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter (Blackadder, Four Wedding and a Funeral), born in Wellington, 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, New Zealander rock xylophone player and vocalist (Thompson Twins - "Hold Me Now"), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1957-11-01 Murray Pierce, New Zealand rugby union lock (26 caps; Wellington RFU), born in Timaru, Canterbury
  • 1958-04-11 Sally Clark, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympic silver 1996), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • 1958-04-27 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1958-05-27 Neil Finn, New Zealand musician (Split Enz, Crowded House), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1959-01-10 Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1959-08-29 Tony Johnson, New Zealand rugby commentator and presenter (Newstalk ZB; TV3; SKY Television), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1960-02-15 Jock Hobbs [Michael James Bowie Hobbs], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • 1960-05-14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, Golf Channel), born in Auckland, NZ
  • 1960-09-09 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1960-12-26 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett - Star Ward Franchise), born in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 1961-01-14 Robert Edwin Hall, New Zealand mountaineer & businessman, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1996)
  • 1961-05-10 Blyth Tait, New Zealand equestrian (Olympic gold Individual eventing 1996, bronze 1992), born in Whangārei, New Zealand
  • 1961-05-20 Vaughn Jefferis, New Zealand equestrian rider (World C'ship gold 1994, 98; Olympic bronze 1996), born in Huntly, New Zealand
  • 1961-08-01 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

John Key

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

  • 1961-10-05 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer

Peter Jackson

1961-10-31 Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003), born in Wellington, New Zealand

  • 1961-12-09 Ian Andrew Wright, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1961-12-30 Bill English, New Zealand politician and Prime Minister (National: 2016-17), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
  • 1962-02-28 Chunli Li, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1962-03-01 Russell Coutts, New Zealand yachtsman (Olympic gold Finn Class 1984, America's Cup 5 x winner), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1962-03-04 Brant Ian Woodward, New Zealand trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hurstville, New Zealand
  • 1962-09-13 Brian Fowler, New Zealand cyclist (C'wealth Games gold team time trial 1990; Tour of Southland x 8), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1962-12-04 Gary Freeman MNZM, New Zealand rugby league halfback, captain and coach (45 Tests; coach 3 games; Dally M Medal 1992), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963-02-21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

Kevin Smith

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

  • 1963-06-12 Philippa June Baker, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1963-09-17 Warren Gatland, New Zealand rugby player and coach (Wales, British and Irish Lions), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1964-01-29 John Gallagher, New Zealand rugby union fullback (18 Tests; World Cup 1987; Wellington), born in London, England

Russell Crowe

1964-04-07 Russell Crowe, Australian-New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), born in Wellington, New Zealand


Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 2006-05-30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • 2006-06-11 Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (first paraplegic to compete in the Olympic Games 1984), dies at 61
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 2007-08-07 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 utility back, selector (14 caps), dies at 71

Edmund Hillary

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

  • 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
  • 2011-08-07 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • 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 All Black rugby player (1957-65), dies at 77
  • 2012-11-16 Bob Scott, New Zealand rugby union fullback (17 Tests; Auckland RU), dies at 91
  • 2013-02-01 Paul Holmes, New Zealand radio and TV broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62
  • 2013-03-24 Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author, dies at 86
  • 2014-07-17 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef, dies at 45
  • 2014-12-29 Ivor Richardson, New Zealand judge (NZ Court of Appeals), dies at 84
  • 2015-06-05 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2015-08-03 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96

Jonah Lomu

2015-11-18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

  • 2016-04-12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • 2016-08-03 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73
  • 2018-05-02 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2018-10-27 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, dies at 77
  • 2019-12-12 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2019-12-12 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), dies at 77
  • 2019-12-21 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), dies at 74
  • 2020-01-29 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), dies at 72
  • 2020-02-13 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54
  • 2020-02-17 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), dies at 84
  • 2020-05-04 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), dies at 76
  • 2020-06-21 Dennis Young, New Zealand rugby union hooker (22 caps; Canterbury 139 games), dies from cancer at 90
  • 2020-07-29 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), dies from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at 69
  • 2020-09-29 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2020-10-23 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), dies from multiple sclerosis at 62
  • 2021-01-26 Peter Thorburn, New Zealand rugby union coach (North Harbour, NZ sevens, Bristol RFC, United States), dies at 81
  • 2021-04-18 Iain Watson Gallaway, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author ("Not a Cloud in the Sky"), dies at 98
  • 2021-05-04 Margaret Forsyth, New Zealand netball goal attack (NZ 1979-87; World Cup gold 1979, 87) and coach (Waikato BOP Magic), dies from cancer at 59
  • 2021-06-28 Jock Aird, Scottish soccer defender (4 caps Scotland, 2 New Zealand; Burnley), dies at 94
  • 2021-08-04 Graham McRae, New Zealand auto racer (Tasman Formula 5000 Series 1971, 72, 73; L&M Continental 5000 C'ship 1972), dies at 81
  • 2021-08-15 Gary Woollard, New Zealand rugby league five eighth (10 Tests; Wellington), dies at 79
  • 2021-09-24 Waka Nathan, New Zealand rugby union flanker (14 Tests; Auckland RU), dies at 81
  • 2021-10-01 Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1964), dies at 87
  • 2021-10-04 Laurie Davidson, New Zealand yacht designer (Black Magic 1995; Team New Zealand 2000; America's Cup HOF 2007), dies at 94