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James Henare was Nga Puhi leader, soldier, farmer, and community leader. After the Second World War he helped set up the kohanga reo programme and fought for recognition of Maori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi
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
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
21 July 1865 Capture of Weraroa pā
22 July 1987 Lotto goes on sale for first time
23 July 1952 Yvette Williams leaps for gold at Helsinki
24 July 2000 New Zealand soldier killed in Timor-Leste
25 July 1981 Anti-Springbok protestors derail Hamilton match
26 July 1928 Kiwi boxer fights for world heavyweight title
27 July 1963 Pioneer aviator George Bolt dies