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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.
The ‘Battle of Featherston Street’ occurred in Wellington, with some of the most violent street fighting of the 1913 Great Strike. more...
The 1913 strike in Wellington
Parihaka had come to symbolise protest gainst the confiscation of Māori land. Its leaders, Te Whiti O Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, were arrested and exiled until March 1883.
Prophets and colonists - New Zealand WarsTohu KakahiPai MārireTe Whiti-o-RongomaiJohn Hall
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