19 February

21 drown in Kopuawhara flash flood

1938 21 drown in Kopuawhara flash flood

A sudden cloudburst sent a 5-m wall of water surging through a railway construction camp in the Kopuawhara Valley, near Māhia, drowning 21 people. Read more...

Release of Parihaka leaders Te Whiti and Tohu

1883 Release of Parihaka leaders Te Whiti and Tohu

Parihaka had become the symbol of opposition to the government policy of land confiscation in the aftermath of the New Zealand Wars. Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi were imprisoned without trial after the military occupation of the south Taranaki community in November 1881. Read more...