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Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour PM, was probably also it's best-loved. His avuncular image hung in the homes of the Labour faithful for decades.
At Oihi Beach in the Bay of Islands, Marsden preached in English to a largely Māori gathering, launching the Christian missionary phase of New Zealand history.
Establishing the Church Missionary SocietyKiwi ChristmasSamuel MarsdenHistory of New Zealand, 1769-1914 Rangihoua Pā and Oihi Mission Station
2 December 1917 'Six o'clock swill' begins
3 December 1863 Land confiscation law passed
4 December 1966 Radio Hauraki rules the waves
5 December 1890 First 'one man one vote' election
6 December 1935 First Labour government takes office
7 December 1963 Bassett Road machine-gun murders
8 December 1942 Fire at Seacliff Mental Hospital kills 37