New Zealand History

TODAY IN HISTORY

1865 Native Rights Act declares Māori British subjects

The Act deemed all Māori to be natural-born subjects of the Crown, confirming in law the treaty promise that Māori were to be accorded the same status as other British subjects.

1907 Joseph Ward proclaims Dominion status

The prime minister read the proclamation to the gathered crowd from the steps of the General Assembly Library in Wellington. This first Dominion Day was a public holiday.

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26 September September

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Elizabeth McCombs

19 Nov 1873 - 7 Jun 1935

Forty years after women in New Zealand received the right to vote, Elizabeth McCombs became the first female Member of Parliament.

New Zealand and the First World War

New Zealand and the First World War

The First World War had a seismic impact on New Zealand, reshaping the country's perception of itself and its place in the world.

Women's Suffrage Petition

Suffrage Petition

The 1893 Women's suffrage petition — signed by more than 25,000 women, about a fifth of the enture adult European female population — helped pave the way for the passage of New Zealand's world-leading Electoral Act in September 1893.

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Memorials Register

Memorials Register

Find exact locations and further information for more than 900 memorials throughout New Zealand.

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