New Zealand History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 343 of 343

  • 2016-08-08 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-16 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games

Olympic Gold

2016-08-18 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Olympic Gold

2016-08-20 South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par

  • 2016-10-08 New Zealand routs South Africa, 57-14 in Durban to win their 4th Rugby Championship; undefeated All Blacks score 9 tries to 1, 2 each to Israel Dagg, TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett
  • 2016-11-14 7.8 earthquake cuts off town of Kaikoura, New Zealand, raising sea bed by 4m, and killing 2 people

Historic Event

2016-12-04 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key resigns after 8 years in office

  • 2016-12-12 Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, succeeding John Key
  • 2016-12-23 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.
  • 2017-06-26 America's Cup: Emirates Team New Zealand defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda, Peter Burling (26) youngest ever helmsman
  • 2017-07-08 British Lions tie 15-15 with New Zealand All Blacks in their 3rd rugby match to tie the series
  • 2017-08-14 Parliamentary citizenship scandal deepens in Australia after Barnaby Joyce, Deputy PM revealed to be a New Zealand citizen
  • 2017-08-26 Women's Rugby World Cup: New Zealand Black Ferns defeat England 41-32 in the final in Belfast
  • 2017-09-16 New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team hands South Africa their biggest test match defeat in history; beat Springboks, 57-0 in Rugby Championship round in Albany, NZ
  • 2017-10-07 New Zealand clinch their 5th Rugby Championship with 25-24 win over South Africa at Cape Town; All Blacks undefeated in 6 games

Election of Interest

2017-10-19 New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Ardern (37), youngest NZ leader in 161 years

  • 2017-10-26 Jacinda Ardern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, becoming the world’s youngest female head of government

Music History

2017-10-26 National Party of New Zealand found guilty of breaching the copyright of rapper Eminem's publisher and ordered to pay $413,000 for use of the song “Eminem Esque”

  • 2017-12-13 Prehistoric bones of a penguin as tall as a human (1.77m) found on Otago beach, New Zealand, reported in "Nature Communications"
  • 2018-05-08 Largest-ever wave at 23.8m recorded in the South Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists
  • 2018-06-21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter
  • 2018-09-16 Scott Dixon of New Zealand finishes second in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma to wrap up his 5th IndyCar Drivers' title for Chip Ganassi Racing; Honda wins Manufacturers' Cup; Canadian Robert Wickens is Rookie of the Year
  • 2018-10-06 New Zealand claims 6th overall, and 3rd straight Rugby Championship with 32-20 win over South Africa in Pretoria; All Blacks outscore Springboks 4 tries to 3

Film & TV History

2018-10-16 Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex begin their first royal tour visiting Australia and New Zealand

  • 2018-10-29 World Scrabble Championship won for the fourth time by New Zealand Malaysian Nigel Richards with the word "groutier" (bad-tempered)
  • 2018-11-17 Ireland beats Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand, 16-9 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin; first victory over the All Blacks ever on home soil; flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • 2019-03-15 Terrorist attack on two mosques by a right-wing Australian gunman kills 51 and wounds 50 in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2019-03-21 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, 6 days after the Christchurch terrorist attack
  • 2019-12-09 White Island / Whakaari volcano, a tourist attraction in New Zealand erupts killing 16
  • 2020-03-26 Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant pleads guilty to all 51 murders in New Zealand
  • 2020-08-09 New Zealand marks 100 days without community transmission of COVID-19
  • 2020-08-27 Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1st time the country imposes the sentence [1]
  • 2020-10-17 Labour Party headed by Jacinda Ardern re-elected in a landslide in New Zealand's general election
  • 2020-10-31 New Zealand Rugby Union team routs Australia, 43-5 in Sydney to retain Bledisloe Cup (2-1) for 18th straight series; Wallabies' largest ever defeat by All Blacks
  • 2020-11-13 Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scores all the Pumas points as Argentina claim their 1st ever win over New Zealand's All Blacks, winning 25-15 in a Rugby Championship game in Sydney
  • 2021-02-15 UK is the first European country to require travellers from COVID 'hotspots' to isolate in quarantine hotels, following other countries such as Australia, NZ and Singapore
  • 2021-03-17 America's Cup, Auckland: Emirates Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli by 46s in race 10 for a 7-3 series victory and retain the cup
  • 2021-04-19 New Zealand and Australia open a travel bubble between the two countries after more than a year of border closures
  • 2021-06-21 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics
  • 2021-07-27 Fiji retains Olympic Rugby Sevens title with 27-12 win over New Zealand in Tokyo; only second gold in the country's Olympic history
  • 2021-08-03 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third straight Olympic K-1 200m title at the Tokyo Games; also wins K-2 500m for her 4th career Olympic gold medal
  • 2021-08-05 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo Games by winning K-1 500m; 5th career gold for Carrington

Film & TV History

2021-11-10 New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson sells Weta Digital's technology division to video games company Unity for US$1.6 billion [1]


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 342 of 342

  • 1980-07-31 Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player, born in Salesi, Samoa
  • 1980-11-04 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), born in Apia, Samoa (d. 2015)
  • 1980-12-31 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 1981-01-05 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union hooker (15 caps; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1981-06-18 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand child murder victim (d. 1987)
  • 1981-08-29 Jay Ryan (Jay Bunyan), New Zealand actor, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1982-02-10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand

Dan CarterDan Carter (40 years old)

1982-03-05 New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks, Crusaders) and highest scorer in test match history, born in Southbridge, New Zealand

  • 1982-05-21 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black, born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1982-07-24 Anna Paquin, Canadian-born New Zealand Oscar-winning actress (The Piano, True Blood), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1982-08-26 David Long, New Zealand dance and soundtrack composer (Peter Jackson's films)
  • 1983-12-03 Stephen Donald, New Zealand rugby union fly-half/centre (25 caps; Chiefs, Bath), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • 1984-02-21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1984-04-02 Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress and singer (The Tribe), born in George, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1984-05-28 Beth Allen, New Zealand actress
  • 1984-06-27 Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress (Haven), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1985-02-25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1985-08-03 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1985-11-10 Ricki-Lee Coulter, Australian singer (Hell No!), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1986-06-01 Ben Smith, New Zealand rugby union utility back (84 caps; Otago, Highlanders, Pau), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1986-07-16 Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor (The King's Speech), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1986-11-18 Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor
  • 1987-04-10 Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano and UNICEF ambassador, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-04-26 Jessica Lee Rose, American-New Zealand actress and famous YouTube star (lonelygirl15), born in Salisbury, Maryland
  • 1987-05-29 Issac Luke, New Zealand Rugby League hooker (NZ 37 caps), born in Hawera, NZ

Daniel LoganDaniel Logan (35 years old)

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

  • 1987-09-01 Daniel "Dann" Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • 1987-09-19 Guy Williams, New Zealand comedian and TV personality (Jono and Ben), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1987-10-07 Jeremy Brockie, Australian footballer, born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1989-01-03 Ben Matulino, New Zealand rugby league forward (23 caps; NZ Warriors, Wests Tigers), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1989-06-23 Lisa Carrington, New Zealand canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 200m 2012, 16, 20; K-2 500m 2020; 10 x World C'ship gold), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1990-03-24 Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress
  • 1990-03-27 Kimbra [Johnson], New Zealand Grammy Award-winning pop-fusion singer, songwriter, and record producer ("Cameo Lover"; with Gotye - “Somebody That I Used to Know"), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1990-09-09 Shaun Johnson, New Zealand Rugby League halfback (Auckland Warriors, Cronulla Sharks), born in Auckland, NZ

Peter BurlingPeter Burling (31 years old)

1991-01-01 New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016, silver 2012, 20; helmsman America's Cup 2017, 21; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand

  • 1991-01-04 Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1991-05-27 Beauden Barrett, New Zealand rugby union utility back (83 caps; World Male Rugby Player of the Year 2016, 17; Hurricanes 125 games), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • 1993-06-10 Scott McLaughlin, New Zealand auto racer (Supercars Championship 2018, 19, 20; IndyCar Series: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 2022 Team Penske), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1994-11-27 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, born at Bendigo Station, Otago (d. 2011)

LordeLorde (26 years old)

1996-11-07 New Zealand singer (Royals), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Lydia KoLydia Ko (25 years old)

1997-04-24 New Zealand golfer, (Evian C'ship 2015, ANA Inspiration 2016), born in Seoul, South Korea

  • 2002-11-05 Jawsh 685 [Joshua Nanai], Samoan-New Zealander dance mixer and music producer ("Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)", with Jason Derulo), born in Aukland, New Zealand

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths