This timeline lists New Zealand’s worst post-1840 natural disasters, transport accidents, fires, mining accidents and other tragedies that have caused major loss of life. Follow the links for more information on NZHistory.net.nz, Te Ara and other sites. See also: map showing location of these disasters
Note: this list does not include loss of life due to enemy action in wartime, such as the First World War battle of Passchendaele, where, on 12 October 1917, 845 New Zealanders were killed on a single day, or the sinking of the liner Wimmera, which hit a German mine off Cape Maria Van Diemen on 26 June 1918. Nor does it include major disease outbreaks, such as the 1918 influenza pandemic, which claimed more than 8600 lives over several months.
* The official toll was initially given as 181 but four further victims were confirmed by the coroner in February 2012.
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