Events In History
22 October 1972Death of poet James K. Baxter
Acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s most accomplished poets, Baxter had devoted the last years of his life to social work among alcoholics and drug addicts. He died in Auckland, aged 46. Read more...
15 May 1920Whanganui mayor shoots poet
Walter D'Arcy Cresswell alleged that Mayor Charles Mackay had made homosexual advances towards him. Mackay was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 15 years' hard labour. Read more...
Historian and poet Keith Sinclair has argued that the decade of the 1950s was the time 'when the New Zealand intellect and imagination came alive'
- Page 1 - The making of New Zealand literatureHistorian and poet Keith Sinclair has argued that the decade of the 1950s was the time 'when the New Zealand intellect and imagination came
On 26 September 1907 the colony of New Zealand ceased to exist. It became, instead, a dominion within the British Empire.
- Page 3 - The first Dominion DayThe first Dominion Day, 1907, was a holiday for public servants as all government offices closed to mark the occasion.
First observed in 1916, Anzac Day - 25 April - commemorates those killed in war as well as honouring returned servicemen and women. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials across the country, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, are rich in tradition and ritual.
- Page 9 - The red poppyThe red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. In many countries it is worn around Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen
Curnow, Thomas Allen Munro
Allen Curnow was one of the defining voices of 20th-century New Zealand literature, with a career spanning six decades, and a strong local and international following for his work.Read more...
Baxter, James Keir
Acknowledged as New Zealand’s most accomplished poet, Baxter is also well-known for his wild lifestyle and the religious community he established on the banks of the Whanganui River.Read more...
Alfred Domett was premier 1862-1863. Aside from politics he is remembered for establishing the Parliamentary Library and for his much-derided epic verse Ranolf and Amohia: A South-Sea Daydream.Read more...
A prolific writer, Thomas Bracken’s one permanent poetic monument is the stirring prose that became New Zealand’s national anthem, 'God Defend New Zealand.'Read more...
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