New Zealand in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 328


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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'

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser
  • 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 Diplomatic relations are established between New Zealand and the Soviet Union
  • 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 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

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

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi

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 the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • 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 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

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
  • 1973-01-01 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
  • 1973-06-28 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 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

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
  • 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)
  • 1981-11-28 New Zealand general election won by ruling National party and Prime Minister Robert Muldoon

Sport awardWimbledon 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

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: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion 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

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
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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 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

Sport awardUS 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

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 319

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941-12-13 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

Person of interestDavid Lange

1942-08-04 David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (Labour: 1984-89), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2005)

New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange
New Zealand Prime Minister
David Lange
  • 1943-07-20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 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

Person of interestMichael King

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

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • 1947-02-18 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), born in Renfrew, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1947-02-19 Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, 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

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, 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)
  • 1949-12-04 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

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark
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 (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 rocker (Split Enz, Crowded House, Puberty Blues), born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
  • 1953-01-25 Malcolm Green, English-born drummer (Split Enz, 1976-81 - "I Got You"), born in United Kingdom
  • 1953-06-14 Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician (Member of the New Zealand Parliament for East Coast), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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, 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
  • 1958-05-27 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

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 and Prime Minister (National: 2016-17), born in Lumsden, 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
  • 1962-03-01 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
  • 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
  • 1963-02-21 Greg Turner, New Zealand golfer (4 European Tour titles), born in Dunedin, NZ

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

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
  • 1964-10-01 Jonathan Sarfati, New Zealand chess player, scientist, and author (FIDE Master), born in Ararat, Australia
  • 1965-05-26 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1965-09-12 Joe Schmidt, New Zealand rugby union coach (Leinster; Ireland: 6 Nations C'ship 2014, 15, 18; Grand Slam 2018; Triple Crown 2018), born in Kawakawa, New Zealand
  • 1966-02-03 Sean Patrick Wade, NZ marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966-02-03 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2020)
  • 1966-06-30 Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor (Guy de Lusignan-Kingdom of Heaven), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 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, born in Napier, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • 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

Person of interestKeith Urban

1967-10-26 Keith Urban, New Zealand-Australian singer (But for the Grace of God), born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand

Country Singer-Songwriter Keith Urban
Country Singer-Songwriter
Keith Urban
  • 1967-10-30 Brenda Catherine Lawson, double scull rower (Olympics 1996), born in Wanganui, 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
  • 1968-06-21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1968-08-14 Glenn Leroy McLeay, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Invercargill, New Zealand

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 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

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

2008-01-11 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 Paul Holmes, New Zealand radio and TV broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62
  • 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

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
  • 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