15 April

First Māori MPs elected to Parliament

1868 First Māori MPs elected to Parliament

Four Māori seats were established in 1867 and elections for Māori members were held the following year. Initially created for five years, the seats' existence was prolonged indefinitely in 1876. Read more...

First sod dug for North Island main trunk

1885 First sod dug for North Island main trunk

Politicians and Maori leaders ceremonially turned the ‘first sod’ of the central section of the main trunk line – a project that would take 23 years to complete. Read more...

Mangatepopo canyoning disaster

2008 Mangatepopo canyoning disaster

Six students and one teacher from Elim College died in a flash flood while canyoning in the Mangatepopo Stream, Tongariro National Park. Read more...