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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.
Julius von Haast's exploration of the West Coast revealed the extent of the Grey River coalfields and found traces of gold in rivers. The Haast Pass and Haast River are named after him. more...
Exploring New Zealand's interior
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