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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
A record one-day total of 84.8 mm of rain had by 9 p.m. caused extensive surface flooding in the streets of Invercargill, Riverton, Ōtautau, Tūātapere and Bluff. more...
New Zealand disasters timeline1984 - key events
Faced with demands for revenge after the deaths of 22 settlers in an incident in the Wairau Valley, Governor FitzRoy decided that the Māori had been provoked by the unreasonable actions of the Europeans. more...
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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