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James Henare was Nga Puhi leader, soldier, farmer, and community leader. After the Second World War he helped set up the kohanga reo programme and fought for recognition of Maori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi
The character in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of fire (1981) was based on Arthur Porritt, who won a bronze medal for New Zealand in the 100 m at the 1924 Paris Olympics. more...
NZ's first Olympic century1924 - key events
The country's oldest existing political party, the New Zealand Labour Party emerged from a joint conference in Wellington of the United Federation of Labour and the Social Democratic Party.
21 July 1865 Capture of Weraroa pā
22 July 1987 Lotto goes on sale for first time
23 July 1952 Yvette Williams leaps for gold at Helsinki
24 July 2000 New Zealand soldier killed in Timor-Leste
25 July 1981 Anti-Springbok protestors derail Hamilton match
26 July 1928 Kiwi boxer fights for world heavyweight title
27 July 1963 Pioneer aviator George Bolt dies