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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
More than 170 years of New Zealand whaling history ended when J.A. Perano and Company caught its last whale off the coast near Kaikōura. more...
Sealers and whalers - pre-1840 contact1964 - key events
A few months after the last steam locomotives had been withdrawn from this country's scheduled rail operations, New Zealand Railways launched a new tourist-oriented steam passenger venture in the South Island.
Post-war changes - rail tourism
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