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When nine-year-old Vincent Aspey persuaded his mother to buy a violin he had spotted in a second-hand shop she was dubious that he would practice, let alone come to be described as ‘synonymous with orchestral development in New Zealand’.
Built by the privately owned Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company (WMR), the line helped open the Kapiti Coast, Horowhenua and Manawatū to European settlement. more...
Building the main trunk
Henry Reynolds' new factory at Pukekura, Waikato, produced its first butter. The brand name was allegedly inspired by a tattoo on the arm of one of Reynolds' workers. more...
The trial proved popular with most New Zealanders and daylight saving of one hour between October and March was made permanent in 1975. more...
3 March 1960 Barry Crump's novel A good keen man published
4 March 1855 Legendary sheep rustler James Mackenzie caught
5 March 1830 Outbreak of the Girls' War at Kororāreka
6 March 1947 Debut performance of NZ Symphony Orchestra
7 March 1842 First official execution in NZ
8 March 1929 First 'talkie' draws huge crowds in Wellington
9 March 1956 Death of Opo the friendly dolphin