wellington city

Events In History

Biography
Wi Tako

Te Āti Awa leader Wiremu Tako Ngātata was one of the first Māori members of the Legislative Council. Here he opposed legislation threatening Māori possession of land.

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Frederick Knox

Dr Frederick Knox was the librarian of New Zealand's first public library.

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Isaac Featherston

A stalwart of Wellington political life, Featherston served as provincial Superintendent and later served as a member of the House of Representatives, colonial secretary and minister without portfolio.

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William Wakefield

Colonel William Wakefield was one of the earliest European settlers at Port Nicholson (Wellington), where he served as the New Zealand Company’s Principal Agent between 1840 and 1848.

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Articles

Wellington cafe culture

  • Page 1 – Wellington cafe culture

    How did Wellington get to be New Zealand's famed coffee capital? The story of the city's cafe society, from the tea houses of 1920 to the espresso bars of 2000.

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  • Page 2 – Overview

    Wellington city centre is renowned for its flourishing café scene and the culture it inhabits. But it was nearly 1950 before there was much sign of the sparkling capital

  • Page 4 – Design and technology

    New construction materials and equipment fashioned the cafe culture rising in the 1950s. Wellingtonians were introduced to the espresso machines as European styled cafes

  • Page 3 – Immigration and Society

    The rise of coffee houses in the 1940s, 50s and 60s was not a phenomenon confined to Wellington, or indeed to New Zealand. The connection between the history of cafe

  • Page 5 – Music and cafe culture

    Entertainment generally and music in particular have always been a part of the Wellington cafe scene.

  • Page 6 – Personalities

    New Zealand in the 1940s and 1950s has been described as a drab and uniform place. From the late 1950s, however, a café culture was established throughout the country

  • Page 7 – Further information

    Sources on Wellington cafe culture.

Parliament Buildings

The Beatles in New Zealand

  • Page 1 – The Beatles in New Zealand

    When four young Liverpool musicians landed in Wellington on a lazy Sunday afternoon in June 1964, seven days of pandemonium erupted. Young New Zealanders flocked in their

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  • Page 3 – Wellington

    Seven thousand screaming fans waited as The Beatles touched down at Wellington airport on 21 June 1964. As the band stepped off the plane, the fans' shrieks drowned out the

Wahine disaster

War in Wellington

  • Page 1 – War in Wellington

    In 1846 fighting broke out in the Wellington region as the Ngāti Toa chief Te Rangihaeata backed local Maori opposed to European settlement in the Hutt Valley. The campaign

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  • Page 2 – The Port Nicholson purchase

    In September 1839 William Wakefield, the principal agent for the New Zealand Company, met Te Ātiawa chiefs Te Puni and Te Wharepōuri at Pito-one (Petone), on the northern shore

  • Page 3 – Return to the Hutt Valley

    It was soon apparent that Wellington lacked sufficient quantities of flat fertile land to realise this vision. Attention turned back to the lower Hutt Valley as the best

  • Page 7 – Political prisoners

    Te Rauparaha became one of New Zealand’s first political detainees when he was seized during the fighting in the Hutt Valley in 1846.

US Forces in New Zealand

  • Page 3 – Arrival

    The invasion began in Auckland on 12 June 1942 when five transport ships carrying soldiers of the US Army sailed into the harbour. Two days later Marines landed in Wellington

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  • Page 3 - Arrival The invasion began in Auckland on 12 June 1942 when five transport ships carrying soldiers of the US Army sailed into the harbour. Two days later Marines landed in

Housing the Prime Minister

The House of Representatives

  • Page 6 – First sitting, 1854

    It started with a bang – 21 in fact, fired from the guns at Auckland's Fort Britomart. As soon as the smoke had cleared, New Zealand's first Parliament was under way.

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  • Page 6 - First sitting, 1854It started with a bang – 21 in fact, fired from the guns at Auckland's Fort Britomart. As soon as the smoke had cleared, New Zealand's first Parliament was under

The 1913 Great Strike

Regional rugby

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The New Zealand Company chose Wellington as its first organised settlement in 1839. Its future was uncertain until 1865 when it was chosen as the colony’s new capital. Alongside the shift in the seat of government was the centralisation of businesses – many major firms set up their head offices in Wellington. From the 1990s Wellington has rebranded itself as the country’s creative capital.

Meaning of place name
In November 1840 a communication was received from the directors of the New Zealand Company saying it was their desire that their chief settlement at Port Nicholson be named in honour of the Duke of Wellington.

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