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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.
Guide Joseph Warbrick and three tourists were killed instantly when Waimangu geyser, then one of the largest and most active in the world, erupted unexpectedly.
New Zealand disasters timelineJoe Warbrick
Hundreds attended the opening ceremony for a dam above the Kawarau Falls which was to temporarily block the outlet from Lake Wakatipu and hopefully expose gold-bearing rock to prospectors. more...
Anno Domini 2000
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