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Te Rauparaha was a Ngati Toa chief and warrior. Sometimes called the 'Napoleon of the Southern Hemisphere', he ruled the lower end of the North Island from his base at Kapiti Island for the best part of 20 years
This law change also ended flogging and whipping as punishments for murder. National reintroduced the death penalty in 1950 but it was finally abolished as the penalty for murder in 1961. more...
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17 June 1843 The Wairau incident
18 June 1895 Minnie Dean goes on trial
19 June 1940 Niagara sunk by German mines off Northland
20 June 1987 All Blacks win the first World Cup
21 June 1964 The Beatles land in NZ
22 June 1954 Parker-Hulme murder in Christchurch
23 June 1973 World court condemns French nuclear tests