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Hillary leads NZ party to South Pole

1958 Hillary leads NZ party to South Pole

Sir Edmund Hillary led the New Zealand component of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition on the first overland trip to the South Pole since Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated journey in 1912. Read more...

Te Kooti defeated at Ngātapa

1869 Te Kooti defeated at Ngātapa

Pursued by kūpapa and colonial troops to Ngātapa, an old hilltop pā inland from Poverty Bay, Te Kooti narrowly avoided capture after a four-day siege. Most of those with him were captured and many were executed the following day. Read more...