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New Zealand - Notable Historical Events

James CookOct 8, 1769

Charles DarwinDec 25, 1835

George VJun 22, 1911

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New Zealand - Historical Events
Date Event
1642-03-12

Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand

1642-12-13

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland

1769-10-08

Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

1769-12-25

First Christian service in New Zealand; Mass is celebrated in Doubtless Bay by Father Paul-Antoine Léonard de Villefeix of the de Surville expedition

1772-06-12

Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori

1773-12-18

A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand

1814-12-22

Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society arrives in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to establish the country's first mission station; Sheep, cattle, horses and poultry are introduced

1814-12-25

Rev Samuel Marsden of the Church Missionary Society holds the first Christian service in New Zealand on land, at Rangihoua

1819-08-17

The Church Missionary Society establishes New Zealand's second mission station at Kerikeri

1819-11-04

Māori Chiefs Hongi Hika and Rewa sell 13,000 acres (5260 hectares) at Kerikeri to the Church Missionary Society for 48 felling axes, New Zealand

1827-03-07

Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.

1835-12-21

HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)

1835-12-25

Charles Darwin celebrates Christmas in Pahia, New Zealand

1840-01-22

British colonists reach New Zealand.

1840-01-22

New Zealand Company settlers arrive aboard the Aurora at Te Whanganui a Tara, which becomes Port Nicholson, Wellington

1840-01-29

First Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi Captain William Hobson arrives in the Bay of Islands, NZ

1840-02-06

The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

1840-05-21

New Zealand became a British colony

1840-05-21

Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'

1840-08-18

French colony established in Akaroa, South Island of New Zealand

1840-11-16

New Zealand officially becomes British colony

1841-05-03

New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales

1845-03-11

The Flagstaff War: In New Zealand, Chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti lead 700 Māoris to chop down the British flagpole and drive settlers out of the British colonial settlement of Kororareka because of breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.

1848-03-23

The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.

1850-12-16

Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand

1853-07-14

New Zealand holds its first general election

1856-07-31

Christchurch, New Zealand, is chartered as a city.

1860-03-28

First Taranaki War: The Battle of Waireka begins (New Zealand).

1860-08-03

The Second Maori War begins in New Zealand.

1861-03-19

The First Taranaki War ends in New Zealand

1863-02-07

HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.

1863-07-12

In New Zealand, British forces invade Waikato, home of the Maori King Movement, beginning a new phase of the wars between Maori and Colonial British

1863-07-17

Māori forces are defeated by British troops at Koheroa, Waikato, in the New Zealand Wars between Maori tribes and British colonials

1863-10-31

The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato.

1864-01-21

The Tauranga Campaign of the New Zealand Wars begins

1864-04-29

Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina): 1,700 British troops suffer their worst defeat of the New Zealand Wars at the hands of 230 entrenched Maori warriors in Tauranga, leaving 31 British troops dead and 80 wounded. Maori losses were 25 killed and an unknown number wounded.

1864-06-21

New Zealand Wars: The Tauranga Campaign ends

1865-03-02

Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.

1865-07-26

The capital of New Zealand moves from Auckland to Wellington

1868-07-04

In New Zealand, Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman and sailed for New Zealand; the fugitives landed at Whareongaonga six days later

1868-11-02

Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally

1869-03-14

Defeat of Maori leader Titokowaru in New Zealand.

1876-02-18

Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand

1876-11-01

New Zealand's provincial government system is dissolved.

1877-07-11

Kate Edger becomes New Zealand's first woman graduate and the first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts

1878-09-30

Great Flood hits New Zealand's South Island

1881-11-05

1,600 police and volunteers attack Māori settlement at Parihaka in western Taranaki which had become the symbol of protest against the confiscation of Māori land, New Zealand

1886-07-10

Eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys famous pink & white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces (North Island, New Zealand)

1886-08-01

Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand

1888-10-03

New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern

1893-04-27

Richard "King Dick" Seddon succeeds John Balance as premier of New Zealand and leader of Liberal Party

1893-07-28

A petition demanding women's suffrage is delivered to the New Zealand parliament; it is signed by more 25,000 women, about a 5th of the entire adult European female population

1893-09-19

New Zealand is first country to grant all women the right to vote

1893-11-28

Women vote in a national election for the first time: the New Zealand general election.

1894-08-31

The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act passed by Richard Seddon's Liberal government, making New Zealand the first country in the world to outlaw strikes in favour of compulsory arbitration

1896-10-13

First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand

1901-06-11

Cook Islands annexed & proclaimed part of New Zealand

1903-08-15

The New Zealand All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; New Zealand wins, 22-3

1906-09-22

In New Zealand, Domestic workers call for a 68-hour working week

1907-09-26

New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire.

1907-12-11

New Zealand Parliament Buildings almost completely destroyed by fire.

1908-08-07

The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington

1911-06-22

King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

1914-08-29

New Zealand force capture German Samoa

1914-12-23

World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.

1916-04-02

57 armed New Zealand police invade the remote Ngāi Tūhoe settlement of Maungapōhatu in the Urewera Ranges to arrest the Māori prophet Rua Kēnana

1916-06-16

Passing of the Military Services Bill introduces conscription in New Zealand

1916-07-07

The New Zealand Labour party is formed

1917-05-11

King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

1923-06-30

New Zealand claims Ross Dependency in Antarctica

1923-07-06

Rail crash on New Zealand's main trunk line; 17 killed and 28 injured

1923-07-30

New Zealand claims Ross Dependency

1930-01-24

Stewie Dempster scores New Zealand's 1st Test century

1930-05-28

Georges Forbes succeeds Joseph Ward as premier of New Zealand

1931-01-07

Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.

1931-02-03

The Hawke's Bay earthquake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster, kills 258

1931-09-22

In New Zealand, the Coalition Government forms to combat the Depression (their lack of success led to the election of the First Labour Government in 1935)

1933-09-13

Elizabeth McCombs becomes the first New Zealand woman Member of Parliament

1937-09-18

The first New Zealand State house opens in Miramar

1937-12-29

Pan Am starts San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service

1939-09-03

WWII: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada

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'

1941-09-17

The New Zealand Labour Party abolish the death penalty (It is reintroduced by the National government in 1950 before being finally removed from the statute book in 1961)

1943-01-29

New Zealand cruiser Kiwi collides with Japanese submarine I-1 at Guadalcanal

1944-04-13

The diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union are established.

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 & Switzerland recognize Israel

1951-09-01

US, Australia & New Zealand sign ANZUS treaty

1953-12-25

Avalanche of lava kills 150 (Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand)

1954-09-20

New Zealand's Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents reports just ten days after concluding hearings.

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

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 what is still 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 Zealand Colin Bosher shears a record 565 sheep in 1 work day

1965-08-04

Cook Islands enters into free association with New Zealand

1967-04-19

71st Boston Marathon won by Dave McKenzie of New Zealand in 2:15:45

1967-12-24

Pirate Radio Pegasus starts broadcasting off New Zealand

1968-04-10

Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)

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

1973-06-28

New Zealand ship HMNZS Otago sails for Mururoa test zone after France's refusal to accept an International Court of Justice injunction against its atmospheric nuclear testing; NZ Prime Minister Norman Kirk told the crew of the Otago that their Mururoa mission was an 'honourable' one

1974-01-01

With effect from this date the New Zealand government terminates all tariff preferences previously granted to South Africa.

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

1976-07-17

The opening of the Summer Olympics is marred by 25 African teams boycotting the New Zealand team.

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

1979-11-28

Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mt Erebus on Antarctica kills 257

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, New Zealand.

1981-08-16

Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)

1983-08-01

New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England

1985-01-25

Test debut of Wasim Akram, v New Zealand at Auckland (2-105)

1985-07-10

French agents blow up Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbour, New Zealand

1986-07-09

The New Zealand parliament pass 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

1987-08-01

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.

1988-01-24

Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win Cricket's World Series Cup

1988-07-01

In New Zealand, Bastion Point land returned to the local Maori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Whātua

1989-03-28

New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court

1990-06-29

World's first female diocesan Anglican bishop, Dr Penny Jamieson, appointed, New Zealand

1990-11-13

In Aramoana, New Zealand, Resident David Gray shoots dead 13 people, in the Aramoana Massacre.

1991-05-29

"Les Miserables" opens at Aotea Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand

1991-10-01

New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.

1993-08-10

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hits the South Island of New Zealand.

1995-05-13

New Zealand beats US for the America's Cup

1995-06-24

South Africa's Springboks beat New Zealand's All Blacks 15-12 to win the Rugby Wold Cup in Johannesburg

1995-11-26

New Zealand score 8-348 in 49 overs v India in Nagpur ODI

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.

1999-11-27

The left-wing Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.

2000-01-01

Gisbourne, New Zealand population 32,754 is first city in the world to welcome in the new millennium

2004-06-12

A 1.3 kilogram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house in Ellerslie, New Zealand causing serious damage but no injuries.

2004-11-11

New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

2004-11-27

New Zealand's All Blacks thump Six Nations Rugby Union Champions France 45-6 in Paris

2005-04-29

New Zealand's first civil union takes place.

2006-04-06

NZSL (New Zealand sign language) is made an official language of New Zealand

2006-05-16

A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand.

2006-08-04

Dame Silvia Cartwright steps down as the Governor-General of New Zealand and is replaced by The Honourable Anand Satyanand, who is sworn in on 23 August.

2006-11-11

The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.

2007-10-15

17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.

2009-07-15

A 7.9 Magnitude earthquake registers 160km west of Invercargill, New Zealand, creating a small tsunami.

2010-09-04

Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.

2011-02-22

An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people

2011-06-13

Christchurch, New Zealand is hit by another strong earthquake measuring magnitude 6.3

2012-01-07

Hot air balloon crashes in Carterton, New Zealand, killing 11

2012-08-06

Mount Tongariro, New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century

2012-08-26

15 year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969

2012-09-03

New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan

2013-04-17

Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand

2013-09-25

Oracle Team USA defeats Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America's Cup

2013-11-30

Australia defeats New Zealand to win the Rugby League World Cup

2014-09-20

New Zealand's National Government wins a 3rd term in the elections despite allegations of corruption and revelations about state surveillance

2014-10-04

New Zealand win the 2014 Rugby Championship

2014-10-16

New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council

2014-11-05

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key rules out sending troops to fight against Islamic State, but claims there are 40 NZers on 'terror watchlist'

2014-11-08

Protests across New Zealand against the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations

2016-11-14

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand - USGS

2016-11-27

7 Dead, 1 Missing as Waves Hit New Zealand Fishing Boat

2016-12-05

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key Resigns After 8 Years

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New Zealand - Notable Birthdays

Kate SheppardMar 10, 1847

Ernest RutherfordAug 30, 1871

Katherine MansfieldOct 14, 1888

Michael KingDec 15, 1945

Richard HadleeJul 3, 1951

Peter JacksonOct 31, 1961

Kevin SmithMar 16, 1963

Russell CroweApr 7, 1964

Lucy LawlessMar 29, 1968

Daniel LoganJun 6, 1987

LordeNov 7, 1996

New Zealand - Birthdays
Date Event
1792-09-26

William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, born Waterford, Ireland (D.1842)

1833-01-01

Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d. 1902)

1839-03-27

John Ballance, Glenavy, Ulster, Ireland, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party

1843-12-21

Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)

1845-06-22

Richard John Seddon, Eccleston, England, the longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand

1847-03-10

Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement (d. 1934)

1856-04-26

Sir Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1930)

1858-07-21

Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (d. 1941)

1865-01-17

Gen Sir Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 1951)

1871-08-30

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, New Zealand physicist and father of nuclear physics (Nobel 1908), (d. 1937)

1874-07-03

Āpirana Ngata, Te Araroa on the East Coast of New Zealand, a prominent Maori New Zealand politician and lawyer

1877-02-24

Ettie Rout, New Zealand activist (d. 1936)

1878-02-03

Joseph Gordon Coates, PM of New Zealand (1925-28)

1888-10-14

Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), Wellington New Zealand, short story writer (Aloe, Garden Party)

1893-08-15

Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer (d. 1950)

1894-02-06

Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer (d. 1979)

1895-04-15

Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)

1895-04-23

Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)

1896-01-09

Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)

1899-03-25

Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)

1903-03-11

Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian (d. 1989)

1904-02-11

Keith Holyoake, New Zealand PM (1960-72)

1905-04-25

George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (d. 1986)

1906-01-28

Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)

1908-03-12

Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (d. 1970)

1912-08-30

Nancy Wake AC GM, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent

1914-11-09

Colin Gray, New Zealand fighter ace of the Second World War

1914-12-25

James Muir Cameron Fletcher, New Zealand industrialist (d. 2007)

1915-06-04

Walter Hadlee, cricketer (father of Richard & Dayle), New Zealand batsman 40's

1916-07-09

Sir Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer (d. 1984)

1917-07-06

Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)

1919-07-17

Alex Moir, cricketer (New Zealand leg-spinner in 17 Tests 1950-59)

1925-06-11

Richard White, Gisborne, New Zealand, rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), (d. 2012)

1926-11-27

Barbara Anderson, New Zealand author

1930-08-25

Bruce Allpress, New Zealand actor

1930-08-30

Noel Harford, Winston New Zealand, NZ cricketer

1932-06-04

Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer

1933-07-07

Murray Halberg, New Zealand, 5K runner (Olympic-gold-1960)

1934-02-10

Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet

1934-04-09

Bill Birch, New Zealand politician

1934-11-13

Peter Arnett, New Zealand-born American journalist

1935-05-31

Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand

1935-07-10

Wilson Whineray, Auckland, New Zealand, All Black (1957-65), (d. 2012)

1935-08-18

Howard Morrison, New Zealand entertainer

1936-03-14

Bob Charles, Carterton, New Zealand, PGA golfer (1963 Houston Open)

1936-06-03

Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player

1937-03-04

Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)

1937-08-30

Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team (d. 1970)

1941-01-05

Bob Cunis, cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's)

1941-01-17

Dame Gillian Weir, New Zealand organist

1945-09-17

Bruce Spence, New Zealand actor

1945-12-15

Michael King, Wellington, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand)

1947-02-19

Tim Shadbolt, mayor of Invercargill, New Zealand

1947-05-06

Alan Dale, New Zealand actor

1947-10-21

Gary Cunningham, Discovery Goes to New Zealand

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

1951-07-03

Richard Hadlee, Christchurch, New Zealand, cricket bowler (431 wickets)

1953-06-14

Janet Mackey, New Zealand politician

1954-04-30

Jane Campion, New Zealand film director

1954-11-18

Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer

1955-03-31

Robert Vance, New Zealand cricketer

1956-03-03

John F Reid, cricketer (New Zealand batsman of 70's/80's)

1956-04-13

Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand rally driver (d. 2003)

1956-05-23

Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer

1957-12-28

Ian Smith, Second Vodafone Test: Australia vs New Zealand: Day 4

1958-10-25

Dipak Patel, cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder)

1959-01-10

Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter

1959-12-01

Wally Lewis, Final: New Zealand v Australia

1960-02-15

Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)

1960-12-26

Temuera Morrison, New Zealand actor

1961-08-09

John Key, New Zealand politician

1961-08-12

Mark Priest, New Zealand cricketer

1961-10-05

David Kirk, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1961-10-31

Peter Jackson, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003)

1963-03-16

Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (d. 2002)

1963-04-11

Billy Bowden, New Zealand umpire

1964-03-03

Atif Rauf, cricketer (Pakistani Test batsman v New Zealand 1994)

1964-04-07

Russell Crowe, Wellington, New Zealand, Australian/New Zealand actor (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator)

1964-04-30

Ian Healy, KFC Twenty20 International: Australia vs New Zealand

1966-03-19

Paul Devenport, New Zealand, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Texas Tour)

1966-06-30

Marton Csokas, New Zealand actor

1966-12-13

Ross Burden, New Zealand celebrity chef

1967-05-31

Phil Keoghan, New Zealand television personality

1967-08-30

Justin Vaughan, cricketer (New Zealand all-rounder 1992-)

1967-09-04

Darrin Murray, New Zealand cricketer

1967-10-26

Keith Urban, New Zealand singer

1968-01-29

Chris Pringle, (New Zealand cricket pace bowler (since 1990)

1968-03-29

Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer

1968-04-17

Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)

1968-08-27

Matthew Ridge, Ansett New Zealand Time of Your Life

1971-02-15

Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer

1971-06-15

Nathan Astle, New Zealand cricketer (batsman), Test debut v Zimbabwe in 1996

1971-06-18

Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)

1971-07-18

Sarah McLeod, New Zealand actress

1971-09-26

Patterson Thompson, cricketer (WI Test fast bowler v New Zealand 1996)

1972-06-03

Robert Kennedy, cricketer (New Zealand opening bowler 1996)

1972-06-07

Karl Urban, New Zealand actor

1972-09-26

Mark Haslam, cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992)

1972-12-16

Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress

1974-01-10

Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor

1974-08-27

Michael Mason, New Zealand cricketer

1974-10-02

Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)

1974-10-09

Kieren Hutchison, New Zealand actor

1975-01-02

Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player

1975-01-05

Kylie Bax, New Zealand model

1975-05-12

Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1975-05-12

Jonah Lomu, River Deep, Mountain High: James Nesbitt in New Zealand

1975-07-17

Andre Adams, Former New Zealand Cricketer

1975-08-03

Chris Nevin, New Zealand cricketer

1975-12-13

Sarah Brady, Miss Universe-New Zealand (1996)

1976-02-12

Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1976-06-25

Marina Alofagia McCartney, Miss New Zealand Universe (1997)

1976-06-29

Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician

1976-09-13

Craig McMillan, New Zealand cricketer

1976-12-03

Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1977-01-22

Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1977-10-07

Meighan Desmond, New Zealand actress

1977-10-18

Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer

1977-11-28

Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1978-05-29

Adam Rickitt, British/New Zealand actor

1978-07-06

Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player

1978-07-12

Claire Chitham, New Zealand actress

1978-09-05

Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1978-09-21

Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1978-11-11

Lou Vincent, New Zealand cricketer

1978-11-17

Zoë Bell, New Zealand actress

1979-01-27

Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer

1979-03-04

Ben Fouhy, New Zealand flatwater canoeist

1979-03-20

Keven Mealamu, New Zealand rugby player

1979-03-24

Bibiana Steinhaus, Canada vs. New Zealand

1979-09-26

Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer

1979-11-20

Maree Bowden, New Zealand netball player (Silver Ferns)

1979-12-17

Charlotte Edwards, Twenty 20 World Cup Final: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan & England Women vs New Zealand Women

1980-02-29

Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer

1980-03-14

Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1980-04-25

Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer

1980-07-22

Scott Dixon, New Zealand racing driver

1980-07-31

Mils Muliaina, New Zealand and Waikato rugby player

1980-11-04

Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1980-11-07

James Franklin, New Zealand Cricket player

1980-12-31

Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player

1981-01-05

Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer

1981-06-18

Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (d. 1987)

1981-09-27

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand cricketer

1982-02-10

Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player

1982-03-05

Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player

1982-05-05

Corey Parker, Final: New Zealand v Australia

1982-05-21

Ma'a Nonu, Wellington, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-)

1982-08-26

David Long, New Zealand musician

1983-05-31

Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer

1983-06-18

Billy Slater, Semi Final: New Zealand v England

1984-02-21

Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player

1984-03-08

Ross Taylor, Second Vodafone Test: Australia vs New Zealand: Day 4

1984-04-02

Meryl Cassie, New Zealand actress

1984-05-28

Beth Allen, New Zealand actress

1984-06-27

Emma Lahana, New Zealand actress

1985-02-25

Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player

1985-08-03

Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer

1985-08-03

Sonny Bill Williams, Final: New Zealand v Australia

1986-04-20

Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (d. 2003)

1986-07-16

Calum Gittins, New Zealand actor

1986-10-27

David Warner, Second Vodafone Test: Australia vs New Zealand: Day 4

1986-10-27

Kenneth Berg-Paulsen, Second Vodafone Test: Australia vs New Zealand: Day 4

1986-11-18

Nic Sampson, New Zealand actor

1987-04-10

Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano

1987-04-10

Hayley Westenra, Hayley Westenra: Live from New Zealand

1987-04-26

Jessica Lee Rose, American-born New Zealand actress, famous YouTube star lonelygirl15

1987-06-06

Daniel Logan, Auckland, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

1987-09-01

Dann Hume, New Zealand musician (Evermore)

1988-12-11

Tim Southee, New Zealand cricketer

1989-09-15

Chetan Ramlu, New Zealand musician

1990-03-24

Keisha Castle-Hughes, Australian-born New Zealand actress

1990-9-24

Jonelle Filigno, Canada vs. New Zealand

1991-01-04

Olivia Tennet, New Zealand actress

1996-11-07

Lorde [Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor], Auckland, New Zealand Singer (Royals)

New Zealand - Weddings
Date Event
2007-04-14

Two and a Half Men actress Melanie Lynskey (29) weds actor Jimmi Simpson (31) in a chapel overlooking a vineyard on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand

2012-11-17

Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

New Zealand - Notable Deaths

Katherine MansfieldJan 9, 1923

Kate SheppardJul 13, 1934

Ernest RutherfordOct 19, 1937

Kevin SmithFeb 15, 2002

Michael KingMar 30, 2004

Edmund HillaryJan 11, 2008

New Zealand - Deaths
Date Event
1842-08-10

Captain William Hobson, first British Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi dies of a stroke aged 49

1860-06-25

Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, The Māori King, Waikato, New Zealand

1865-03-02

Carl Sylvius Völkner, German missionary to New Zealand (b. 1819)

1884-12-01

William Swainson (lawyer), second, and last, Attorney-General (New Zealand) of the Crown Colony of New Zealand (b. 1809)

1893-04-27

John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54

1894-08-26

Te Wherowhero Tāwhia,the second Māori King (New Zealand)

1898-02-16

Thomas Bracken, New Zealand poet (b. 1843)

1902-12-03

Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (b. 1833)

1906-06-10

Richard John Seddon, longest serving Prime Minister of New Zealand, 61

1907-01-14

Sir James Fergusson, British politician, and governor of South Australia, New Zealand and Bombay (b. 1832)

1915-05-19

John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)

1923-01-09

Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (Dove's Nest), dies of tuberculosis at 34

1934-07-13

Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, dies at 87

1934-09-02

James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)

1936-09-17

Ettie Annie Rout, New Zealand activist (b. 1877)

1937-10-19

Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand physicist (Nobel 1908), dies at 66

1940-03-27

Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)

1941-07-27

Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (b. 1858)

1947-05-17

George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)

1950-07-14

Āpirana Ngata, a prominent Maori New Zealand politician and lawyer, dies at 76

1950-12-11

Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)

1961-08-05

Sidney Holland, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), dies at 67

1963-07-04

Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)

1970-01-27

Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)

1970-06-02

Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer, designer, and founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)

1971-10-10

John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)

1974-08-31

Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (b. 1923

1975-12-08

Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)

1976-07-20

Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies

1978-01-06

Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)

1979-04-23

Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)

1980-04-12

Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

1986-06-27

George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1905)

1987-06-19

Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)

1989-09-04

Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian (b. 1903)

1989-09-15

Harry Cave, cricketer (New Zealand captain 1955-56), dies

1989-10-26

Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies

1990-08-16

Pat O'Connor, New Zealand professional wrestler (b. 1925)

1993-02-10

Fred Hollows, New Zealand ophthalmologist (b. 1929)

1994-01-04

Jim Booth, New Zealand producer (Heavenly Creatures), dies at 48

1996-05-23

Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber (b. 1941)

1999-04-13

Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)

2001-07-08

John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)

2001-12-06

Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53

2002-02-15

Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)

2002-03-14

Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)

2003-04-13

Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956

2003-04-30

Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)

2003-07-21

John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)

2003-11-12

Cameron Duncan, New Zealand director (b. 1986)

2004-01-29

Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (b. 1924)

2004-03-15

Sir William Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist (b. 1910)

2004-03-30

Michael King, New Zealand historian (b. 1945)

2004-08-14

Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)

2004-10-05

Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)

2004-10-10

Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)

2004-12-11

Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)

2004-12-29

Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)

2005-01-19

Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)

2005-08-13

David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1942)

2005-11-05

Rod Donald, New Zealand environmentalist (b. 1957)

2005-11-06

Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader (b. 1957)

2005-12-04

Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)

2006-01-04

Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)

2006-01-19

Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1921)

2006-02-01

Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)

2006-03-08

Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)

2006-04-23

Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)

2006-05-30

David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)

2006-06-11

Neroli Fairhall, New Zealand archer (b. 1944)

2006-06-15

Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)

2006-08-30

Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)

2006-09-29

Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)

2006-10-08

Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (b. 1975)

2007-04-16

Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)

2007-04-29

Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)

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)

2007-07-22

Jarrod Cunningham New Zealand rugby player (b. 1968)

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)

2007-11-21

Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1931)

2007-11-23

Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)

2008-01-11

Sir 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)

2010-08-01

Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket international player and referee/umpire (b. 1910)

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 rugby player, 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

2016-03-02

New Zealand's greatest test batsman Martin Crowe dies aged 53 after long cancer battle

2016-04-23

Renowned New Zealand sports broadcaster Peter Sellers dies aged 94

2016-09-30

Anthony Stones, creator of iconic New Zealand statues, dies

2017-02-08

New Zealand football legend Steve Sumner dies, aged 61

2018-01-07

New Zealand's former deputy PM Jim Anderton dies, aged 79


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