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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.
Anniversary Day commemorates the arrival of Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson in the Bay of Islands in 1840. Today Anniversary Day is best known for the huge annual regatta on Waitematā Harbour
9 December 1899 NZ troops fire first shots during South African War
10 December 1908 Rutherford wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
11 December 1907 Parliament's library escapes great fire
12 December 1961 First Golden Kiwi lottery draw
13 December 1939 Battle of the River Plate
14 December 1843 First Auckland A and P Show
15 December 1944 Poll tax on Chinese immigrants abolished