Category Archives: Today in NZ History

Team NZ Won the 34th America’s Cup on this day in 2013

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Today in History – 21st August 1958 – Auckland pedestrians begin ‘Barnes Dance’

1958 Auckland pedestrians begin ‘Barnes Dance’ Auckland became the first city in New Zealand to introduce the ‘Barnes Dance’ street-crossing system, which stopped all traffic and allowed pedestrians to cross intersections in every direction at the same time. The system … Continue reading

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Today in History – 14 August 1891 Women’s vote petitions presented to Parliament

1891 Women’s vote petitions presented to Parliament Organised by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), these petitions were signed by a total of 9000 women. They contributed to the introduction of a Female Suffrage Bill, which received majority support in … Continue reading

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Today in History – 30th July 1979 Carless days introduced

30th July 1979 Carless days introduced Carless days for motor vehicles were introduced to combat the second oil shock. They did little to reduce petrol consumption and were scrapped in May 1980. Under the legislation all private motor vehicle owners selected … Continue reading

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Today in History – 15th June 1959 Chinese gooseberry becomes kiwifruit

15th June 1959 Chinese gooseberry becomes kiwifruit The prominent produce company Turners and Growers announced that they would from now on export the Chinese gooseberry under the name ‘kiwifruit’. Introduced to this country in 1904, kiwifruit are now grown worldwide, with … Continue reading

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Today in History – 10th June 1886

10 June 1886 Eruption of Mt Tarawera The eruption lasted six hours and caused massive destruction. Several villages were destroyed, along with the famous silica hot springs known as the Pink and White Terraces. Approximately 120 people, nearly all Māori, lost … Continue reading

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Today in History – 30th May 1959 Auckland harbour bridge opened

30th May 1959 Auckland harbour bridge opened The original four-lane Auckland harbour bridge was built across the narrowest part of Auckland Harbour, between St Marys Bay on the city side and Northcote Point on the North Shore. It took four years … Continue reading

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Today in History – 1995 NZ wins the America’s Cup for the first time

13th May 1995 NZ wins the America’s Cup for the first time Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter Montgomery’s famous line ‘the America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s cup!’. The phrase was repeated over and over … Continue reading

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Today in History – 1888 First British rugby team to play in NZ

28th April 1888- First British rugby team to play in NZ The first British rugby team to tour New Zealand played its first match, against Otago at the Caledonian Ground in South Dunedin. A huge crowd of nearly 10,000 turned … Continue reading

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Anzac Day is a time to remember – this is for my Mother and Father.

Anzac Day is a time to remember – this is for my Mother & Father who I miss greatly.They both served in WWII. In Memory of my Mum and Dad I miss you, but you will forever be remembered on … Continue reading

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