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    John Walker is one of New Zealand's track heroes. His athletic career was punctuated by memorable performances and noted for its longevity

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William Sanders wins New Zealand's only VC in a naval action

1917 William Sanders wins New Zealand's only VC in a naval action

Aucklander William Sanders was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery when the Q-ship he commanded was attacked by a German U-boat on 30 April 1917. He is the only New Zealander to have won the award in a naval action. more...

Pai Mārire defeated at Sentry Hill, Taranaki

1864 Pai Mārire defeated at Sentry Hill, Taranaki

In one of their first military efforts, several hundred Pai Mārire warriors attacked a British redoubt at Te Mōrere (Sentry Hill) in Taranaki. Scores were killed or wounded. more...

Ex-Governor FitzRoy commits suicide

1865 Ex-Governor FitzRoy commits suicide

Robert FitzRoy, the second governor of New Zealand (1843-45), took his own life at his home in Surrey. Opinion on his governorship has always been divided. more...