Chronography of New Zealand
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15/3/2019, A White-supremacist gunman shot dead 50 Muslim worshipers at Friday prayers at a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, with several others wounded, some seriously.
15/8/2006, Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu died, aged 75 (born 23/7/1931)
13/8/2005, David Lange, New Zealand Prime Minister, died.
1999, The Labour Party led by Helen Clark won the elections. They were re-elected in 2002 and 2005. New Zealand provided armed forces for peacekeeping duties in East Timor. Since 2002 New Zealand�s armed forces have been focissed towards peacekeeping duties and dealing with economic threats.
1998, Jenny Shipley, National Party Prime Minister, terminated her coalition with the New Zealand First (NZF) Party amd sacked Winston Peters, NZF, as Deputy prime Minister. She now led a minority government.
1997, The National Party (NP) formed a coalition with the New Zealand First Party. Jenny Shipley, NP, became the first woman Prime Minister of New Zealand.
1996, First use of Proportional Represntation in New Zealand elections, following a referendum decision to adopt the system in 1993. The National Party formed a coalition to preserve its working majority.
1/10/1991, New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 came into force.
28/11/1981, The National Party won a very narrow election victory in New Zealand.
29/11/1975, In New Zealand the National Party defeated the Labour Government. Robert Muldoon became Prime Minister. An economic austerity programme was implemented.
25/11/1972, Norman Kirk became Prime Minister of New Zealand after Labour won a sweeping electoral victory.
14/6/1967. Australian and New Zealand woolgrowers expressed concern over the effects of the mini skirt on wool prices, which were down 6d a pound on the last season.
14/9/1961, New Zealand introduced compulsory selective military service.
26/11/1960, General election in New Zealand was won by the National Party, with 46 seats. Labour won 34 seats. Keith Holyoake was appointed Prime Minister.
30/11/1957, General election in New Zealand was won by the Labour Party with a majority of one seat. Walter Nash became Prime Minister.
1/9/1951, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA signed the ANZUS Pact, a mutual defence treaty.� This marked a shift in New Zealand politics away from the UK and towards the US.
27/11/1946, New Zealand elections gave 42 seats to Labour, which retained power, against 38 seats for the National Party.
4/8/1942, David Russell Lange, New Zealand politician and Prime Minister 1984-9, was born. He
controversially refused to allow nuclear armed ships to dock in New Zealand.
26/3/1936, New Zealand began radio broadcasts of its Parliamentary sessions.
13/3/1936, Sir Francis Bell, who was Prime Minister of New Zealand for only 16 days, died aged 84.
23/7/1931, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, Queen of the Maori people, was born (died15/8/2006)
10/5/1925, William Massey, Prime Minister of New Zealand, died.
25/9/1921, Sir Robert Muldoon, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1975-84, was born.
20/7/1919. Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest in 1953 with Tenzing Norgay, was born in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.
11/9/1918, Desmond James Scott, New Zealand fighter pilot, was born.
1916, The New Zealand Labour Party was founded, by trades unionists and other socialists.
11/12/1907, Fire destroyed the Parliament buildings at Wellington, New Zealand.
26/9/1907. New Zealand became a dominion. It had become a colony of Britain in 1840. A series of wars between the British and the indigenous Maoris ended with peace in the 1870s. Full independence was achieved in 1947.
26/11/1902, In New Zealand, the Progressive Party gained a fifth consecutive election victory.
11/6/1901, New Zealand annexed the Cook Islands.
28/11/1893, Women first voted in New Zealand, at the General Election, see 19/9/1893.
19/9/1893. New Zealand became the first country to allow women the vote. The Women�s Christian Temperance Union had been pressing for this for 8 years, and had presented three petitions to the House of Representatives. Each time the number of signatures rose, until a record 31,872 names swayed the House. Despite an unscrupulous liquor lobby, the WCTU won and intended to press for women�s votes in other countries.� See 28/11/1893.
26/6/1893, Sir Charles Norrie, Governotr-General of New Zealand from 1952, was born.
23/6/1893, Sir William Fox, New Zealand statesman, died (born 9/6/1812).
1890, A Liberal Govermment was elected.
20/1/1887. New Zealand annexed the Kermadec Islands.
27/3/1839, John Balance, New Zealand politician, was born (died 1893).
24/2/1815, Land in New Zealand was sold to a White person for the first� time, for a mission church.
20/5/1773, Captain James Cook released the first sheep in new Zealand.
7/10/1769, Captain Cook reached New Zealand.
13/12/1642. New Zealand was discovered by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.
1000 - 1200, The Maori, a Polynesian people, arrived in New Zealand from eastern Polynesia.