Take a trip back in time to explore the epic construction of the North Island main trunk railway line, the heyday of the steam passenger train and the place of the iconic railway refreshment room in New Zealand life. More...
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize German Samoa as a ‘great and urgent Imperial service’. Although the tiny German garrison offered no opposition, at the time it was regarded as a potentially risky action.
In recent years Matariki, the Māori New Year, has been celebrated by many New Zealanders, Māori and non-Māori alike. It is becoming an increasingly important part of the New Zealand calendar. Matariki in 2014 began on 28 June.
For 56 days in July, August and September 1981, New Zealanders were divided against each other in the largest civil disturbance seen since the 1951 waterfront dispute. The cause of this was the visit of the South African rugby team – the Springboks.