19 January

19 killed in Strongman mine explosion at Rūnanga

1967 19 killed in Strongman mine explosion at Rūnanga

Nineteen men were killed when an explosion ripped through the Strongman coal mine at Rūnanga. An investigation concluded that safety regulations had not been followed and that a shot hole for a charge had been incorrectly fired. Read more...

Hōne Heke cuts down the British flagstaff -  again

1845 Hōne Heke cuts down the British flagstaff - again

Initially supportive of the Treaty of Waitangi, Hōne Heke became increasingly disenchanted with the effects of European colonisation. This was his third attack on the flagstaff at Kororāreka (Russell). Read more...