Events In History
19 July 1982Privy Council rules on Samoan citizenship
The Privy Council granted New Zealand citizenship to Western Samoans born after 1924. The government challenged this ruling, leading to accusations of betrayal and racism. Read more...
28 December 1929'Black Saturday' - NZ police open fire in Apia
New Zealand had been granted a mandate over the former German colony following the First World War. Growing Samoan calls for independence came to a head during a Mau demonstration in Apia which left 12 people dead. Read more...
29 August 1914NZ force captures German Samoa
Colonel Robert Logan led a 1374-strong expeditionary force to capture German Samoa (afterwards renamed Western Samoa). The Germans stationed there were in no position to offer resistance. Read more...
Page 1 – The 1918 flu pandemic
They called it 'Black November'. What really happened in 1918 when more than 8000 New Zealanders – including a disproportionate number of Maori – perished during a lethal flu pandemic?
Page 9 – Influenza in Samoa
The total number of deaths attributable to influenza is estimated to have reached 8500, or 22% of the Samoan population
Page 1 – New Zealand in Samoa
New Zealand was ill-equipped to cope with the Western Samoa mandate allocated by the League of Nations in 1920. The Mau movement's passive resistance culminated in the violence
Page 2 – Background
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize German Samoa as a 'great and urgent Imperial service'.
Page 3 – Colonial administration
The League of Nations formally allocated New Zealand the Class C mandate of Western Samoa in December 1920. Samoan leaders were not consulted as other nations decided Samoa's
Page 4 – Sowing seeds of discontent
By 1926, anti-New Zealand feeling was strong throughout Samoa.
Page 5 – The rise of the Mau movement
Samoa has a history of opposition to European rule, but the opposition that emerged in the late 1920s was organised and widespread.
Page 6 – Stepping up the Mau campaign
In January 1928 Mau policeman, dressed in a uniform of a purple lavalava with a white stripe, began enforcing a sā - ban - on European stores in Apia.
Page 7 – Black Saturday
One New Zealand policeman and up to 11 Samoans, including Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III, were killed in Apia on Black Saturday - 28 December 1929.
Page 8 – Towards independence
On 4 June 2002 Prime Minister Helen Clark offered 'a formal apology to the people of Samoa for the injustices arising from New Zealand's administration of Samoa in its earlier
Page 1 – Capture of German Samoa
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
Page 2 – New Zealand in the Pacific
Samoans were not consulted when Britain, Germany and the United States agreed to partition their islands in December 1899.
Page 3 – Seizing German Samoa
With hindsight, New Zealand's capture of German Samoa on 29 August 1914 was an easy affair. But at the time it was regarded as a potentially risky action with uncertain
Page 4 – Wartime administration
German officials were replaced by New Zealand military officers, civilians, or British residents. These often lacked the experience or qualifications to do the job.
Page 2 – The League of Nations
New Zealand was a founding member of the League of nations and was awarded German Samoa as a Mandated Territory by the League.
Page 3 – Participation in the United Nations
The United Nations Charter established six principal organs to achieve its aims. New Zealand has played a part in all of these organs.
Page 12 – 1929 - key events
A selection of key New Zealand events from 1929
- Page 12 - 1929 - key eventsA selection of key New Zealand events from
- hms philomel
- german samoa
- royal navy
- robert logan
- influenza pandemic
- mau movement
- league of nations
- international relations
- british empire
- olaf nelson
- cook islands
- treaty of waikato
- united nations
- korean war
- peter fraser
- german navy
- labour party
- helen clark
- new zealand truth
- murchison earthquake
- race relations
- international trade
- maori health