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When nine-year-old Vincent Aspey persuaded his mother to buy a violin he had spotted in a second-hand shop she was dubious that he would practice, let alone come to be described as ‘synonymous with orchestral development in New Zealand’.
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.
3 March 1960 Barry Crump's novel A good keen man published
4 March 1855 Legendary sheep rustler James Mackenzie caught
5 March 1830 Outbreak of the Girls' War at Kororāreka
6 March 1947 Debut performance of NZ Symphony Orchestra
7 March 1842 First official execution in NZ
8 March 1929 First 'talkie' draws huge crowds in Wellington
9 March 1956 Death of Opo the friendly dolphin