30 May

Auckland harbour bridge opened

1959 Auckland harbour bridge opened

The four-lane bridge was built across the narrowest part of Auckland Harbour, between St Marys Bay and Northcote Point. It took four years to complete and soon had to be enlarged. Read more...

New royal honours established

1996 New royal honours established

A totally New Zealand Royal Honours System was established with the institution of the New Zealand Order of Merit, which replaced the various British State Orders of Chivalry. Read more...

NZ says no to federation with Australia

1901 NZ says no to federation with Australia

A 10-man Royal Commission reported unanimously that New Zealand should not become a state of the new Commonwealth of Australia. Read more...