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Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, of Ngāti Apa and Ngā Rauru, founded the Rātana Church, which remains a major religious and political force today
New Zealand's Labour government refused the USS Buchanan entry because the United States would neither confirm nor deny that the ship had nuclear capability. more...
Nuclear-free legislation - nuclear-free New ZealandLast decade - New Zealand and the Cold War1985 - key events
American Lynne Cox became the first woman to swim across Cook Strait, battling heavy seas and strong winds during her 12-hour crossing. more...
Cook Strait's dangerous waters - roadside stories1975 - key events
21 April 1961 First Golden Shears competition
22 April 1936 Rātana and Labour seal alliance
23 April 1979 Blair Peach killed in London
24 April 1922 New Zealand's first poppy day
25 April 1915 NZ troops land at Gallipoli
26 April 1943 NZ ship torpedoed in Tasman
27 April 1893 Death of Premier John Ballance