New Zealand in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 271

  • 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 and 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 and New Zealand sign the ANZUS mutual defense treaty
  • 1951-09-02 Australia, NZ & US sign ANZUS-pact

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1960-09-02 New Zealand middle distance runner Peter Snell wins the first of 3 career Olympic gold medals when he wins the 800m in Rome
  • 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
  • 1963-07-20 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
  • 1964-10-21 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
  • 1967-04-19 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
  • 1968-01-24 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • 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 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 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 cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • 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 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 in New Zealand
  • 1981-08-16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • 1981-11-28 New Zealand general election won by ruling National party and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon

Sport awardTennis Open

1983-07-03 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American John McEnroe outclasses Chris Lewis of New Zealand 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
New Zealand Prime Minister
Robert Muldoon
  • 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

Historic 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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  • 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: 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
  • 1988-10-02 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
  • 1989-03-28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • 1989-08-08 New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange resigns after 5 years on a no confidence issue
  • 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
  • 1990-02-23 Ian Smith 173* NZ v India, 136 balls, world record for no 9 bat

Historic CommunicationBlack Tot Day

1990-02-27 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal New Zealand Navy
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  • 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
  • 1991-02-02 Aravinda De Silva scores 267 v NZ at Wellington

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1991-02-04 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • 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 day of voting in first ever multi-racial elections in South Africa, Dr Nomaza Paintin in NZ is 1st black South African to vote

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-06-28 Jonah Lomu becomes the youngest-ever All Black at 19 yrs 45 days playing rugby for New Zealand against France in Christchurch

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 1995-02-13 West Indies beat NZ by innings & 332, Courtney Walsh 13-55
  • 1995-05-13 Team New Zealand beats Team Dennis Conner 5-0 to win the America's Cup for the first time
  • 1995-06-18 All Black Jonah Lomu scores the try of the Rugby World Cup, running over Mike Catt in New Zealand's 45-29 defeat of England
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 290

  • 1947-03-09 Keri Hulme, New Zealand novelist, poet and short-story writer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1947-05-06 Alan Dale, New Zealand born actor (Neighbours), born in Dunedin, New Zealand

Person of interestSam Neill

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

Person of interestHelen 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

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
Former New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark
  • 1950-05-04 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), 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 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 rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues) born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1953-01-25 Malcolm Green, rocker (Split Enz-I Got You)
  • 1953-06-14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician
  • 1954-04-30 Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (The Piano), 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, NZ athelete (Olympics 1996), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1955-08-27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1956-03-01 Mark Todd, UK, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996)
  • 1956-04-13 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)
  • 1956-05-23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter (Blackadder, Four Wedding and a Funeral), born in Wellington, 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
  • 1958-04-11 Sally Clark, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympic silver 1996), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • 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
  • 1959-03-17 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, 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, born in Auckland
  • 1960-09-09 Christopher Sherratt White, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1960-12-26 Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor
  • 1961-05-10 Blyth Tait, England, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1961-08-01 Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

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
  • 1961-10-05 David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1961-10-22 Donna Wynd, 1k sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestPeter Jackson

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

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
  • 1961-12-09 Ian Andrew Wright, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1961-12-30 Bill English, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2016-), born in Lumsden
  • 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
  • 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 (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1963-02-21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer, born in Dunedin

Person of interestKevin 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
  • 1963-11-03 Stephen Corkin, judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Person of interestRussell Crowe

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

  • 1964-06-07 Caroline Anne Hare, 5k/10k (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1964-06-12 Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1965-05-26 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-03-08 Elliot Boult, New Zealand golfer, born in Blenheim
  • 1966-03-19 Paul Devenport, New Zealand, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Texas Tour)
  • 1966-06-30 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor
  • 1966-08-13 Glenn Donald Hamilton, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1966-12-13 Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef
  • 1967-03-30 Julie Richardson, tennis star (1992 Futures-Canberra), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-04-27 Erik Thomson, Scottish-New Zealand actor (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1967-05-23 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-05-31 Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality
  • 1967-08-30 Barbara Kendall, New Zealand mistral sailor (Olympic gold 1992, silver 1996, bronze 2000), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-18 Gary John Anderson, New Zealand track and road cyclist (Olympics 1996-bronze), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-21 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1967-10-26 Keith Urban, New Zealand singer
  • 1967-10-30 Brenda Catherine Lawson, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1968-01-25 Lynette Brooky, New Zealand golfer (NZ Open 1993/94)

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
  • 1968-06-21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1968-08-27 Michael Long, New Zealand golfer, born in Cromwell
  • 1969-01-19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-02-23 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969-03-19 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1969-04-03 Reid Hayston, New Zealand beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, 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
  • 1969-10-03 Stephen Scahill, New Zealand golfer, born in Featherston
  • 1969-10-16 Darren McKenzie-Potter, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969-11-20 Richard Dickson Reid, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-02-09 Grant Moorhead, New Zealand golfer, born in New Plymouth
  • 1970-07-19 Rhona Susan Robertson, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-07-22 Craig Baird, New Zealander racing driver
  • 1970-11-09 Chantal Brunner, long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, 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
  • 1971-07-18 Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress
  • 1971-08-18 Jonathan David Winter, 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971-08-26 Sharon Tina Jenkins, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971-10-22 Timothy Christopher Carswell, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1971-10-31 Phillip Tataurangi, New Zealand golfer, born in Auckland
  • 1971-11-08 Anna Katrina Simcic, backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 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

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 122 of 122

  • 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)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

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
  • 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 player, dies at 91
  • 2013-02-01 Sir Paul Holmes, New Zealand media broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62
  • 2015-01-29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • 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

Person of interestJonah 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

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • 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