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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
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. more...
Hori TaiaroaPolitical and constitutional timelineMaori and the votePāpāwai, the Māori capital - roadside stories
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. more...
Building the main trunk
Six students and one teacher from Elim College died in a flash flood while canyoning in the Mangatepopo Stream, Tongariro National Park.
New Zealand disasters timeline
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