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After debuting for the New Zealand cricket team against England in 1949 John Reid went on to play another 57 tests for his country, 34 of those as captain.
On the evening of 18 December Abel Tasman and his men had the first known European encounter with Māori. Although this initial meeting was peaceful, misunderstanding and fear soon led to violence.
European explorers - exploration of New ZealandOverview - a frontier of chaos?Abel Tasman memorial, Golden BayAbel Tasman
10 March 1869 New Zealand Cross created
11 March 1845 The fall of Kororāreka
12 March 1864 Arthur's Pass 'discovered'
13 March 1956 NZ's first test cricket victory
14 March 1980 Split Enz hit no.1 with 'I got you'
15 March 1944 NZ forces capture Castle Hill at Cassino
16 March 1940 Jockey Y-fronts hit NZ shops