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Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour PM, was probably also it's best-loved. His avuncular image hung in the homes of the Labour faithful for decades.
Count von Luckner's raider Seeadler sank 14 Allied ships in 1917 before he was captured in Fiji. His subsequent escape from Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf made him a legend. more...
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2 December 1917 'Six o'clock swill' begins
3 December 1863 Land confiscation law passed
4 December 1966 Radio Hauraki rules the waves
5 December 1890 First 'one man one vote' election
6 December 1935 First Labour government takes office
7 December 1963 Bassett Road machine-gun murders
8 December 1942 Fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital kills 37