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6 February

The Treaty of Waitangi is signed

1840 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed

More than 40 Māori chiefs, led by Ngāpuhi's Hōne Heke Pokai, signed the Treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Read more...

Liner <em>Wanganella</em> refloated after 18 days on Barrett Reef

1947 Liner Wanganella refloated after 18 days on Barrett Reef

The liner, carrying 400 passengers, struck Barrett Reef in Wellington Harbour on 19 January. Only an unusually long spell of fine weather - dubbed 'Wanganella weather' by locals - saved it from becoming a total wreck. Read more...