The first representative New Zealand rugby team played its first match, defeating a Wellington XV 9-0 before embarking on a tour of New South Wales.
Waikato–Tainui was the first iwi to reach an historical settlement with the Crown for past injustices that went back to the 1860s. The Deed of Settlement included cash and land valued at $170 million.
Charles Upham is probably New Zealand's most famous soldier. His actions in Crete in 1941 and Egypt in 1942 led to his becoming one of only three people – and the only combat soldier – ever to win the Victoria Cross twice.