24 May

Turning point in Battle of the Atlantic

1943 Turning point in Battle of the Atlantic

In the Battle of the Atlantic, one of the most important campaigns of the Second World War, 24 May 1943 was a crucial date. Thousands of New Zealanders took part in this long and bitter struggle. Read more...

Parliament's first sitting in Auckland

1854 Parliament's first sitting in Auckland

A 21-gun salute from Fort Britomart marked the opening of New Zealand's first Parliament. The 37 elected members made their oaths of allegiance to the Crown via the acting governor, Colonel R.H. Wynyard. Read more...