1250-1300 Maori ancestors arrived in New Zealand.
By 2013 the country had lost 51 species of birds, 3 of frogs, 3 of
lizards and one of a freshwater fish.
(Econ, 9/14/13, SR p.5)
1350 Maori ancestors arrived at
New Zealand on seven legendary canoes from Hawaiki, the
mother-island of the east Polynesians.
(NG, Aug., 1974, C. McCarry, p.196)
1500 Haast's eagle, which lived
in the mountains of New Zealand, became extinct about this time,
most likely due to habitat destruction and the extinction of its
prey species at the hands of early Polynesian settlers. Researchers
in 2009 determined that the 40 pound bird was a predator and not a
mere scavenger as many had thought.
1642 Mar 12, Abel Tasman became
the 1st European to land in New Zealand. [see Nov 24, Dec 13]
1642 Nov 24, Abel Janszoon
Tasman (d.1659) discovered Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).
1642 Dec 13, Dutch navigator
and explorer Abel Janszoon sighted present-day New Zealand. He fled
after Maori cannibals feasted on the friendship party he sent
(NG, Aug., 1974, p.196)(SFEC, 10/4/98, p.T4)(AP,
1659 Oct 10, Able Janszoon
Tasman, navigator, died at about 56. He discovered Tasmania.
(WUD, 1994 p.1455)(MC, 10/10/01)
1768 Aug 26, Capt James Cook
departed from Plymouth with Endeavour to the Pacific Ocean. Daniel
Solander and Joseph Banks accompanied Cook to catalog plants and
animals of Australia and New Zealand on the 3-year journey.
4/19/09, Books p.J7)
1768-1771 Capt. James Cook charted the coasts of
both the north and south islands of New Zealand and Australia. Cook
made his historic voyages in colliers, slow but strong ships
designed primarily for carrying coal. His ship was named the
Endeavour. Cook's voyage to Australia kept a botanical record called
the Banks Florilegium. The 738 original plates commissioned by Sir
Joseph Banks was not printed until a 100 set limited edition in
(SFC, 6/18/96, p.D1)(WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)
1822 Welshman John Grono named
Milford Sound, South Island, after his home, Milford Haven. It was
later named a UN protected World Heritage Site.
(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.C5)
1835 Dec 21, HMS Beagle sailed
into Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
1835 Dec 25, Charles Darwin
celebrated Christmas in Pahia, New Zealand.
1835 Dec 30, HMS Beagle and
Charles Darwin sailed from NZ to Sydney.
1840 May 21, The Treaty of
Waitangi was signed by Maori chiefs of New Zealand and
representatives of Queen Victoria. It granted sovereignty over all
New Zealand to Queen Victoria, but only guaranteed the Maoris the
land they wished to retain. The treaty remained a source of friction
to the present day.
(NG, Aug, 1974, p.197)(AP, 5/21/97)(SSFC,
1840-1900 The dense forests that covered most of
New Zealand's Banks Peninsula, east of Christchurch on the country's
east coast, were cut for timber and burned to make way for sheep
(PacDis, Spring '94, p.3)
1844 Beginning in this year the
Ngai Tahu people lost 80% (86 million acres) of South Island.
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)
1845 Mar 11, Seven hundred
Maoris led by their chief, Hone-Heke, burned the small town of
Kororareka in protest at the settlement of Maoriland by Europeans,
in breach with the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.
1850 Christchurch was settled
in earnest with the arrival of the Canterbury Association, which had
formed in England to found a colony in New Zealand.
(SSFC, 2/12/12, p.H4)
1858 The Maori responded to
Britains colonization of New Zealand by choosing a monarch of their
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)
1861 Mar 19, Maori War in New
1863 Eliza Sinclair, a widow
from New Zealand, paid the Hawaiian monarchy $10,000 in gold for the
70-square-mile Hawaiian island of Niihau. Her son-in-law, Valdemar
Knudsen, later paid an additional 1,000 silver dollars for 50 acres
that were not included in the original deal.
(SSFC, 3/20/05, p.D10)
1871 Aug 30, Ernest Rutherford
(d.1937), physicist who discovered and named alpha, beta and gamma
radiation and was the first to achieve a man-made nuclear reaction,
was born in New Zealand.
1875 Frances Rouen Museum
acquired a Maori head, offered by a Parisian named Drouet. In 2011
France returned the first of 16 such human heads it had displayed as
exotic curiosities. The other 15 were to be returned in 2012.
1876 Feb 18, A direct telegraph
link was established between Britain & New Zealand.
1882 Feb 15, SS Dunedin left
New Zealand with 1st frozen meat for England.
1886 Jun 10, Mount Tarawera
erupted at Rotorua on the North Island. 155 people were killed and
several Maori and European settlements, including Te Wairoa, were
(SFEC, 1/9/00, p.T5)(SSFC, 10/28/12, p.M6)
1887 The Maori gave Ruapehu,
Ngauruhoe and Tongariro volcanoes to the nation so that they would
(SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T6)
1888-1912 A bottle-nosed dolphin escorted ships
for 6 miles through the narrow channel into New Zealands Pelores
Sound. Sailors named the dolphin Pelores Jack.
(SFEC, 9/7/97, Z1 p.5)
1888-1923 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealander
author: "I do believe one ought to face facts. If you don't they get
behind you and may become terrors, nightmares, giants, horrors. As
long as one faces them one is top dog."
1893 Sep 19, New Zealand became
the first nation to grant women the right to vote.
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.E4)(HN, 9/19/01)
1894 New Zealand passed the
world's first minimum wage law.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R25)
1899 Apr 23, Edith Ngaio Marsh,
Kiwi mystery writer (Black Beech & Honeydew), was born in NZ.
1901 Mar 25, Raymond Firth
(d.2002), anthropologist, was born in New Zealand. He authored We
the Tikopia (1936) a study of the organization of some 1,200
Tikopia islanders of the British Solomons. He later wrote 9 more
books on the Tikopia.
(SFC, 3/19/02, p.A20)
1901 Jun 11, Cook Islands were
annexed & proclaimed a part of New Zealand.
1903 Mar 31, New Zealand
aviator Richard Pearse flew a self-made, bamboo-framed, mono-winged
airplane in Waitohi.
(NW, 3/17/03, p.20)
1907 Sep 26, New Zealand went
from being a colony to a dominion within the British Empire.
1907 The American Museum of
Natural History purchased a collection of 35 Maori preserved and
tattooed heads. A Maori representative in 1998 sought to bring them
back to New Zealand.
(SFC, 3/17/98, p.B3)
c1914 When WW I began New
Zealand pried Western Samoa from the Germans.
(SFCM, 10/14/01, p.45)
1915 Apr 25, Australian and New
Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in hopes of attacking
the Central Powers from below. Allied soldiers, ANZAC, invaded the
Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in an unsuccessful attempt to take the
Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war. The allies were defeated in
one of the deadliest battles of the war.
(AP, 4/25/97)(SFC, 2/18/98, p.A18)(HN, 4/25/99)
1915 Dec 18, In a single night,
about 20,000 Australian and New Zealand troops slipped away from
Gallipoli, undetected by the Turks defending the peninsula.
1918 Some 1,000 pilot whales
became stranded on the Chatham Islands in the biggest recorded mass
stranding on the New Zealand coast.
1919 Jul 20, Sir Edmund
Hillary, the first man reach the summit of Mount Everest, was born
in New Zealand.
1928 Aug 28, Janet Frame
(d.2004), author, was born in Dunedin, New Zealand.
(SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)
1930 Apr 18, Clive Revill,
actor (Legend of Hell House), was born in Wellington, NZ.
1934 Oct 22, Donald McIntyre,
Bass-Baritone (Wotan, Hans Sachs), was born in Auckland, NZ.
1936 Mar 26, New Zealand radio
aired a parliamentary debate for the 1st time.
1938 Captain Ed. Musick of Pan
Am disappeared with 5 crew members during a survey flight from Pago
Pago to Auckland, New Zealand.
(SFEM, 2/13/00, p.38)
1939 Sep 3, Britain and France
declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
After Germany ignored Great Britain's ultimatum to stop the invasion
of Poland, Great Britain declares war on Germany, marking the
beginning of World War II in Europe. France follows 6 hours later
quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada.
(AP, 9/3/97)(HN, 9/3/98)(MC, 9/3/01)
1939 Jul 17, Paddy the
Wanderer, a stray Airedale, died. The dog had become the unofficial
mascot of the docks in Wellington, NZ. A fleet of black taxis led
its funeral procession.
(SSFC, 11/14/04, p.F11)
1942 The Abel Tasman National
Park opened on the South Island.
(SFEC, 3/26/00, p.T7)
1943 Apr 19-1943 Apr 20, Lance
Sgt. Haane Manahi (d.1987) of New Zealand performed gallant actions
against overwhelming odds in the bloody battle for Takrouna, a
fortified citadel in Tunisia, North Africa. In 2007 the Maori
trooper was posthumously honored he 64 years after he was denied a
top gallantry award despite a commendation signed by four commanding
1944 Mar 6, Dame Kiri Te
Kanawa, operatic soprano (Don Giovanni), was born in Gisborne, NZ.
(HN, 3/6/01)(MC, 3/6/02)
1947 Mar 9, Keri Hulme, New
Zealand novelist (The Bone People), was born.
1951 New Zealand did away with
its Legislative Council.
(Econ, 2/10/07, p.57)
1953 May 29, Mount Everest was
conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of
Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit.
1953 Dec 24, In New Zealand a
Wellington to Auckland express train was swept away in flood and 166
people were killed.
1954 Apr 30, Jane Campion, New
Zealand film director (The Piano, A Portrait of a Lady), was born.
1954 Sep 8, SEATO (Southeast
Asia Treaty Organization), a sister organization to NATO, was
created under the Manila Pact by the Southeast Asia Collective
Defense Treaty, to stop communist spread in Southeast Asia (Vietnam,
Cambodia and Laos). The United States, Australia, France, Great
Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand signed
the mutual defense treaty. SEATO dissolved in 1977.
1956 The New Zealand Maori
rugby team was ordered by Maori Affairs Minister Ernest Corbett
(d.1968) to throw a game against the South African Springboks to
ensure the All Blacks weren't stopped from touring South Africa.
News of this was only made public by a former player in 2010. The
indigenous Maori side went on to lose 37-0. Maori players were
excluded from All Black tours to white-controlled South Africa in
1928, 1949 and 1960.
1962 Jan 1, Samoa became
independent from New Zealand. Malietoa Tanumafili II nursed Samoa to
independence and presided as head of state jointly for 16 months and
thereafter on his own for 43 years.
10/14/01, p.45)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.101)
1963 The Whakarewarewa Thermal
Reserve (Whaka) at Rotorua was returned to the Maori people.
(SFEC, 1/9/00, p.T5)
1965 Rarotonga of the Cook
Islands was colonized by the British but ruled until this year by
(SFEC, 1/5/97, p.T6)
1966 May, In New Zealand Maori
King Koroki Te Rata Mahuta Tawhiao was buried. His daughter Te
Arikinui (35) became Queen Te Ata (d.2006), the 6th Maori sovereign.
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)
1967 Jan 19, In New Zealand 19
people were killed in an explosion at the Strongman mine.
1968 Apr 10, A ferry boat sank
in harbor of Wellington, NZ, and 51 were killed.
1969 At their peak in 1969,
68,889 combat troops from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of
Korea, Thailand and the Philippines were deployed in Vietnam.
1971 Jul 18, New Zealand and
Australia announced they would pull their troops out of Vietnam.
1971 Nov 1, The Five Power
Defense Arrangements were concluded by the defense ministers of
Australia, Britain, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.
(Econ, 11/5/11, p.54)
1971 Australia joined with New
Zealand and 14 independent of self-governing island nations to form
the South Pacific Forum. The name was changed in 2000 to Pacific
Islands Forum. Member states include: Australia, the Cook Islands,
the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall
Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,
the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Since 2006,
associate members territories are New Caledonia and French
1972 Mont Liggins (1926-2010),
New Zealand medical doctor, carried out a trial in which synthetic
cortisol was given to women in premature labor. It reduced by half
the number of babies dying. Tests on sheep had shown him that
cortisol helped lungs to mature early. His research changed medical
practice and saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
(Econ, 9/4/10, p.93)
1973 Montana Wines introduced
grapevines to the Marlborough region of New Zealand pushing out the
garlic that had been the areas hallmark crop.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.F4)
1975 Dec 12, In New Zealand
Robert Muldoon (1921-1992) began serving as prime minister and
continued to July 26, 1984. His interventionist policies threatened
to send the country to the financial wall.
1975 In New Zealand Matiu Rata
(d.1997 at 63) set up the Waitangi Tribunal to resolve Maori claims
to land lost to white settlement.
1979 Nov 28, An Air New Zealand
DC10 en route to the South Pole crashed into Mount Erebus in
Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
1980 Matiu Rata (d.1997 at 63)
resigned from the Labor Party and formed the Mana Motuhake Party to
represent Maori tribes. He went on to negotiate for the Maori
Fisheries Commission for fishing rights and was a pastor in the
Maori-based Ratana Church.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A24)
1982 Feb 18, Edith Ngaio Marsh
(b.1895), New Zealand detective writer, producer, died.
1982 The Beehive government
building in Wellington was built.
(SFEC, 11/19/00, p.T4)
1983 Jul, The Tuna Task Force
(TTF) issued a draft plan of management. It contained 14
recommendations, the most important of which include the use of
catch-quotas, minimum limits on fish-size, limited-entry and further
limits on purse-seine operations. It was proposed that the plan
should come into effect at the beginning of the 1983-84 fishing
season (on 1 October 1993). Because of difficulties in reaching
agreement on all aspects, this target was not achieved. Australia,
New Zealand and Iceland pioneered Individual Transferable Quotas
(ITQs) for commercial fisheries.
1984 Apr 28, Silvia A. Warner
(b.1908), New Zealand-born writer, died. Her 1958 novel Spinster
was made into the 1961 film Two Loves (also known as The Spinster)
starring Shirley MacLaine.
1984 Jul 14, David Lange
(1942-2005) was elected prime minister of New Zealand. He served
1985 Feb, New Zealand under PM
David Lange (1942-2005) turned away nuclear-armed and
nuclear-powered warships from its ports. This led the US to abrogate
its ANZUS alliance responsibilities to new Zealand in 1986.
1985 Mar 4, New Zealand floated
1985 Jul 10, French security
forces sank the Rainbow Warrior, a ship operated by Greenpeace near
NZ. Fernando Pereira, a Dutch photographer, was killed in the
1985 Cloudy Bay, a New Zealand
wine maker, began exporting Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to the US.
(SFC, 4/11/08, p.F1)
1985 Some 450 pilot whales
beached on New Zealands Great Barrier Island. Rescuers successfully
refloated 324 of the mammals.
1986 Jun 27, US informed New
Zealand it will not defend it against attack.
1986 Witi Ihimaera, Maori
writer, authored "The Whale Rider," based on a 100-year-old story of
a man who traveled to New Zealand on the back of a whale after his
(SFC, 6/16/03, p.D1)
1987 Andy Krieger sold short
more kiwis than the entire money supply of New Zealand. The kiwi
collapsed and Krieger banked his profits.
(Econ, 12/18/04, p.108)
1988 In New Zealand the first
commercial bungee jumping operation began at Queenstowns
154-foot-high Kawarau Bridge.
(SSFC, 11/10/13, p.M3)
1989 New Zealand became the 1st
country to introduce inflation targets.
(Econ, 2/26/05, p.76)
1989 In New Zealand Graeme Hart
purchased the Government Printing Office on its privatization for
NZ$23 million (then 14m). By 2010 his net worth reached $5.3
(Econ, 5/29/10, p.65)
1990 The biographical film
Angel at My Table was directed by Jane Campion. It was about Janet
Frame, the New Zealand writer who was misdiagnosed as schizophrenic.
(SFEC, 10/11/97, DB p.35)
1991 May 29, "Les Miserables"
opened at ACTEA Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.
1992-2001 New Zealand began pushing up its
retirement age from age 60 to 65 over a 9-year period.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.16)
1993 The film The Piano
starred Anna Paquin (11), Holly Hunter and Sam Neill. Paquin won an
Oscar for her role. It was shot in New Zealand.
(SFC, 2/20/98, p.C13)(SFEC, 5/10/98, Par
p.18)(SFEC, 9/17/00, DB p.46)
1993 Winston Peters broke from
the National Party, the main conservative party, to lead the New
Zealand First Party.
(WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)
1993 Late in the year Helen
Clark became leader of the Labor Party.
(WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)
1993 An international
competition rated Phoenix, Az., and Christchurch, New Zealand, as
the worlds best governed cities.
(Econ, 7/28/07, p.32)
1995 Sept. 25, A New Zealand
volcano, Mt. Ruapehu, erupted with ash and steam spewed 12
(WSJ, 9/27/95, p.A-16)
1996 Apr 22, Bill Ballantine
was a Goldman Award winner for his work in promoting marine reserves
in New Zealand.
(USAT, 4/22/96, p.4-D)
1996 Jun 17, Mount Ruapehu
(SFC, 6/22/96, p.A6)
1996 Oct 4, The government
agreed to settle the biggest land claim ever filed by indigenous
Maoris. The Ngai Tahu people would receive land and cash worth $117
million and regain some fishing rights. The Maoris number about 12%
of the countrys 3.6 million people.
(SFC, 10/5/96, p.A10)
1996 Oct 9, A center-right
coalition of the National, United New Zealand, the Christian
Coalition and Act New Zealand was facing a center-left coalition of
the Labor, Alliance, and New Zealand First parties for the coming
(WSJ, 10/9/96, p.A16)
1996 Oct 12, In New Zealand
elections voters delivered a split verdict on conservative rule.
Jenny Shipley was made prime minister and ruled for 2 years.
(SFEC, 10/13/96, p.A16)(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)
1996 New Zealand adopted a
mixed member proportional (MMP) political system. As of 2008 no
party won an absolute majority since the adoption of MMP.
(Econ, 9/6/08, p.51)
1997 Jan 4, During the week
Cyclone Fergus, the worst to hit in 8 years, produced heavy rains
and wind damage along the northern coast.
(SFC, 1/4/97, p.A19)
1997 Sep 13 It was reported
that the government approved the release of the rabbit calcivirus to
eradicate the rabbit pest problem.
(SFC, 9/13/97, p.A20)
1998 Jan 22, Power cables began
to fail in Auckland.
(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)
1998 Feb 20, A 4th power cable
failed in Auckland and the city was left without power. Full service
was not expected until Mar 9.
(SFC, 2/26/98, p.A7)
1998 Dec 2, New Zealand agreed
to lease a number of F-16 fighter jets from the US that were
originally intended for Pakistan. Some $105 million was to be paid
over 10 years. The Clark government scrapped the deal following its
1999 election and faced a US fine.
(SFC, 12/3/98, p.A18)(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A7)
1998 Te Papa (meaning our place
in Maori), a high-tech interactive museum, opened in Wellington, NZ.
(SSFC, 11/14/04, p.F11)
1999 Sep 10, Asian-Pacific
leaders met for a summit in Auckland (City of Sails), New Zealand.
(SFC, 9/11/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 11, In New Zealand the
21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) opened for
its 7th annual session.
(SFC, 9/13/99, p.A14)
1999 Sep 13, In New Zealand
Asia-Pacific (APEC) leaders ended their 3-day conference and called
for the abolition of all agricultural export subsidies.
(SFC, 9/14/99, p.A14)
1999 Nov 27, In New Zealand
Helen Clark, candidate for the Labor Party, claimed victory in
(SFEC, 11/28/99, p.A21)
1999 Peter Jackson began
shooting a series of 3 films based on the "Lord of the Rings"
trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien with $180 million in financing from New
(SFC, 12/1/99, p.A24)
2000 cJan, Carol Moseley-Braun
began her tenure as US ambassador to New Zealand. Her tasks included
settling a New Zealand fine for the scrapped F-16 deal to purchase
28 fighters for $500 million.
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A7)
2001 Mar, Thousands of exotic
red fire ants were discovered at Auckland Intl. Airport after a
gardener was bitten.
(SFC, 3/31/01, p.D8)
2001 Apr 7, New Zealand was
reported to be in the midst of a severe drought following one of the
driest summers on record.
(SFC, 4/7/01, p.D8)
2001 Apr 24, A Twin Otter plane
landed at the Amundsen-Scott south Pole Station to pick up Dr.
Ronald Shemenski (59), who suffered from a gall bladder attack. A
C-130 Hercules from the New Zealand air force rescued 2 Americans
from the McMurdo Antarctic Base.
(SFC, 4/25/01, p.A9)(AP, 4/24/02)
2001 May 8, Prime Minister
Clark announced that the air force would be stripped of combat jets
along with sharp cuts to the navy.
(WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 31, Ministers of New
Zealand and Nauru announced that they would take the Afghanistan
asylum seekers stranded in Australian waters.
(SFC, 9/1/01, p.A6)
2001 Oct, Tuvalu secured an
agreement with New Zealand to accept an annual quote of refugees due
to rising sea levels from global warming.
(SFC, 10/13/01, p.C10)
2001 Dec 5, Sir Peter Blake
(53) of New Zealand, 2-time Americas Cup winner, was killed on the
research vessel Seamaster by gunmen at Macapa, Brazil, near the
mouth of the Amazon. 7 men were arrested 2 days later and an 8th was
still sought. The final 2 suspects were arrested Dec 9.
(SFC, 12/7/01, p.A1)(SFC, 12/8/01, p.A2)(SFC,
2001 In New Zealand the
Fonterra co-operative was formed from two smaller entities and the
former New Zealand Dairy Board.
(Econ, 11/3/12, p.66)
2001 Researchers identified a
skimmed milk gene in a cow. In 2007 a biotech company in New
Zealand announced that it had bred a cow to produce low-fat milk.
(SFC, 6/2/07, p.B6)
2002 Jan 19, A tourist flight
to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park crashed and all 6 people
aboard were killed.
(SSFC, 1/27/02, p.C12)
2002 Mar 31, On Australias
Norfolk Island Glenn McNeill (24) of New Zealand hit Janelle Patton
(29) with his car and later stabbed her "just to make sure she was
dead." McNeill was arrested in 2006 based on DNA evidence. Patton
suffered 64 separate injuries including a fractured skull and
numerous stab wounds in the attack In 2007 McNeill told police he
had been smoking cannabis when he hit Patton. On Mar 9 a jury
convicted McNeill of murder. On July 25 he was sentenced to 24 years
(AP, 8/12/02)(Econ, 7/10/04, p.38)(Reuters,
2002 Jun 4, New Zealand's prime
minister apologized for mistakes her country made during its 48-year
rule over the tiny South Pacific island chain of Samoa.
2002 Jun 12, Conservationists
in New Zealand warned that Kiwis, the fluffy, flightless birds that
are New Zealand's national symbol, could be hunted to extinction by
predators within 15 years.
2002 Jun 22, The Catholic
Church in New Zealand revealed it had documented 38 cases of sexual
abuse by church officers in the past 50 years and offered victims an
2002 Jul 27, New Zealanders
gave Prime Minister Helen Clark a historic second term after she
called early elections to capitalize on a strong economy that pulled
the country through the global slump largely untouched.
2002 Alyn Ware of New Zealand,
a campaigner against nuclear weapons, established a network of
lawmakers worldwide to campaign against nuclear weapons at the UN.
2003 Feb 15, Tens of
thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against a war in Iraq.
2003 Jun 6, In southern New
Zealand a twin-engine plane crashed in dense fog, killing eight
people and injuring two others.
2003 Aug 7, In the August issue
of Foundations of Physics Letters, Peter Lynds of New Zealand
claimed to see time and motion in a new way. Lynds refutes an
assumption dating back 2,500 years, that time can be thought of in
physical, definable quantities. In essence, scientists have long
assumed that motion can be considered in frozen moments, or
instants, even as time flows on. "There isn't a precise instant
underlying an object's motion," he said. "And as its position is
constantly changing over time -- and as such, never determined -- it
also doesn't have a determined position at any time."
2003 Oct 28, Australia and New
Zealand they will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon Islands,
claiming success in a mission to restore law and order.
2003 Dec 10, Four Latvian
climbers plunged hundreds of feet to their deaths on Mount Cook, New
Zealand's highest peak.
2003 Dec 26, Kelvin Stark, a
new Zealand pilot, was killed while flying a new PAC 750XL airplane
to California. The 17-passenger plane was billed as the 1st
passenger aircraft built in New Zealand and was specially designed
(SFC, 12/27/03, p.A15)
2003 Dec 31, An avalanche swept
down Mount Tasman, one of New Zealand's tallest peaks, killing four
climbers and injuring two others.
2003 New Zealand swept away
laws under which prostitution was a criminal offence.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.86)
2004 Jan 29, Janet Frame
(b.1924), author, died in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her books included
Faces in the Water (1961). Her 3-volume autobiography was
dramatized in the 1990 film "An Angel at My Table."
(SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)(Econ, 2/14/04, p.81)
2004 Feb 8, In New Zealand some
3,400-gallons of fuel spilled in a fjord listed as a World Heritage
site. Officials the next day said the spill in Milford Sound fjord
was "eco-terrorism and economic sabotage" against the country's
lucrative tourism industry.
2004 Jul 16, New Zealand's
prime minister and media heaped vitriol on Israel over the case of
two Israelis imprisoned for passport fraud, saying there's "no
doubt" the pair are spies.
2005 Jan 1, New Zealand was
forecast for 3% annual GDP growth with a population at 4.1 million
and GDP per head at $23,930.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.91)
2005 Jun 3, The Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) was formed with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and
Singapore as partners. It aimed to integrate the economies of the
2005 Jun 26, Israeli Foreign
Minister Silvan Shalom released a letter saying Israel wished "to
express our regret for the activities which resulted in the arrest
and conviction of two Israeli citizens in New Zealand on criminal
charges and apologize for the involvement of Israeli citizens in
such activities." The two nations restored full diplomatic
2005 Aug 13, David Lange
(b.1942), former New Zealand prime minister (1984-1989), died in
Auckland. He was the architect of new Zealands anti-nuclear policy.
(WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/bsgp2)
2005 Aug 30, Australia and New
Zealand lobbied the United Nations Security Council to indict
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government in the
International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
2005 Sep 17, PM Helen Clark's
ruling Labor Party pulled slightly ahead in New Zealand's general
election, despite a surge in support for the conservative
opposition. Clark promised improved public services and limited tax
breaks for families. A new political party representing New
Zealand's Maori won 4 of 7 Parliament seats set aside for indigenous
people in elections dominated by an opposition party's vow to scrap
(AP, 9/17/05)(Econ, 9/17/05, p.42)
2005 Dec 17, Forty drunken
Santas rampaged through central Auckland, NZ, stealing from stores
and assaulting security guards in a protest against the
commercialization of Christmas.
2006 Feb 8, Australia and New
Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back
of strengthening trade ties, but stopped short of endorsing a single
2006 Feb 23, A New Zealand
teenager hacked into the University of Pennsylvania computer system.
Owen Thor Walker (18), known by his online name "AKILL," also was
linked to a network accused of infiltrating 1.3 million computers
and skimming millions of dollars from victims' bank accounts. In
2008 Walker was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in fines but
avoided a conviction so that he can help police solve computer
2006 Mar 17, A helicopter
evacuated the five conservation workers from Raoul Island, a nature
reserve in New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands. An erupting
volcano forced the conservation team to abandon a missing colleague
on the South Pacific island. The last known eruption on Raoul
Island, about 625 miles northeast of the New Zealand city of
Auckland, was on Nov. 21, 1964, from a vent close to Green Lake.
2006 May 13, A fishing trawler
sank off New Zealand's South Island, killing three people on board
and leaving three missing in treacherous seas.
2006 May 16, A powerful
magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred deep under the South Pacific near
an uninhabited chain of islands north of New Zealand.
2006 May 24, International
peacekeepers and troops from Australia and New Zealand were headed
to East Timor to help restore order after gunbattles between
disgruntled ex-soldiers and the military killed two people and
2006 May 25, PM John Howard
increased Australias contingent to Timor-Leste to some 1,300
troops. 500 Malaysians and troops from New Zealand and Portugal were
(Econ, 6/3/06, p.15)
2006 Jun 12, Gale force winds
battering northern New Zealand cut power to the nation's biggest
city, while heavy snow from a cold snap collapsed roofs and
blanketed much of the country's south.
2006 Aug 15, Maori Queen Te
Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (75), aka Te Ata, died in New
(SFC, 8/16/06, p.B7)(AP, 8/15/07)
2006 Aug 20, In New Zealand
Tuheitia Paki (51), eldest son of the late Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te
Atairangikaahu, wore his mother's feather cloak as he was named the
new Maori king in the village of Ngaruawahia.
2006 Nov 6, Transparency
International, a watchdog group, reported that nearly three-quarters
of 163 countries ranked in a new survey suffer from a perception of
serious corruption, while in nearly half it is seen as rampant.
Finland, Iceland and New Zealand ranked as the least corrupt, while
Haiti, Guinea and Myanmar ranked as most corrupt.
(AP, 11/6/06)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.69)
2006 Nov 10, In northern New
Zealand oil refinery workers helped rescue 40 beached pilot whales,
but another 37 of the whale pod died on the sandy beach.
2006 Nov 18, Soldiers and
police from New Zealand arrived in the Tongan capital to help
restore order after mobs demanding democratic reforms destroyed much
of the capital in unprecedented rioting that left at least eight
2007 Jan 26, Jim Anderton, New
Zealands agriculture minister, declared Feb. 15 "National Lamb
2007 Mar 29, In northern New
Zealand buildings were washed away, homes flooded and scores of
buses and cars trapped by raging flood waters after the equivalent
of three months of rainfall poured down in just 36 hours.
2007 Jun 14, In Australia New
Zealand PM Helen Clark met briefly with the Dalai Lama as they both
toured Australia, where the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit has
drawn fire from China.
2007 Jun 14, Fiji's military
ruler said he was expelling New Zealand's top diplomat, sending
already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one
of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama
said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to
leave because the diplomat would not "stop interfering in Fiji's
2007 Aug 22, A distributor said
Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have
been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, amid rising global
concern over the safety of products from China.
2007 Sep 19, New Zealand police
found the body of Anan Liu (27), a young Asian woman in a car
outside the home of a three-year old toddler, Qian Xun Xue,
nicknamed "Pumpkin," who was abandoned at a train station in
Australia. The father Nai Zin Xue (54), a martial arts expert and
magazine publisher, caught a flight to Los Angeles after abandoning
the toddler. US authorities launched a manhunt for Xue, who was
captured nearly five months later by six Chinese Americans near
Atlanta, Georgia. In 2009 a New Zealand jury found him guilty of his
wife's murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
(Reuters, 9/19/07)(AP, 6/19/09)(AP, 7/30/09)
2007 Sep 26, Transparency
International's 2007 index ranked Myanmar and Somalia as the most
corrupt nations. Both received the lowest score of 1.4 out of 10.
Denmark, Finland and New Zealand were ranked the least corrupt, each
2007 Nov 8, Nordic countries
again dominated the World Economic Forum's ranking of gender-equal
countries. New Zealand squeezed into the top five and the US fell to
31st place. Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland retained the top
four spots in the 2007 Gender Gap Index released by the Swiss-based
2007 Nov 30, New Zealand
officials said police have questioned the suspected teenage kingpin
of an international cyber crime network accused of infiltrating 1.3
million computers and skimming millions of dollars from victims'
bank accounts. Earlier this month, Ryan Goldstein, 21, of Ambler,
Pa., was indicted in the case. Authorities allege that the New
Zealand suspect and Goldstein were involved in crashing a University
of Pennsylvania engineering school server Feb. 23, 2006. On Feb 29
Owen Thor Walker (18) was charged with two counts of accessing a
computer for dishonest purpose, damaging or interfering with a
computer system and possessing software for committing crime, and
two counts of accessing a computer system without authorization. In
2008 Walker pleaded guilty to 6 charges of computer hacking.
(AP, 11/30/07)(AP, 2/29/08)(SFC, 4/2/08, p.C2)
2007 Dec 6, A New Zealand judge
sentenced two Chinese students to 18 1/2 years in prison for the
ransom kidnapping and slaying of a fellow student, saying the two
fell into "cyber sloth" and greed during their studies abroad.
2008 Jan 10, Sir Edmund Hillary
(88), the first person to stand atop the world's highest mountain,
died in New Zealand. He was remembered as a deeply driven but
unassuming man who strived to help the people of Nepal in the
decades after his 1953 ascent of Mount Everest with Sherpa Tenzing
2008 Jan 13, Two young
adventurers completed a 62-day paddle of more than 2,000 miles to
become the first people to travel from Australia to New Zealand by
2008 Jan 16, In New Zealand
Hone Tuwhare (86), the first Maori poet to be published in English
and one of New Zealand's most celebrated verse writers, died.
2008 Jan 17, In New Zealand
Karen Aim (26), a Scottish tourist from the Orkney Islands, was
attacked on her way home after drinking with friends in the town of
Taupo. Police responding to reports of vandalism at a Taupo high
school found her lying in a pool of blood on a street corner. In
March a 14-year-old boy was charged with her slaying.
2008 Jan 23, Fifteen pilot
whales died in beach strandings in southern New Zealand while
rescuers monitored progress of 15 others toward safer waters.
2008 Jan 29, Scientists in New
Zealand reported that smoking a joint is equivalent to 20 cigarettes
in terms of lung cancer risk and warned of an "epidemic" of lung
cancers linked to cannabis.
2008 Feb 1, Scientists in Japan
and New Zealand said they have created a "tear-free" onion using
biotechnology to switch off the gene behind the enzyme that makes us
2008 Feb 8, In New Zealand a
knife-wielding woman (33), originally from Somalia, tried to hijack
a regional domestic flight, stabbing both pilots and threatening to
blow up the twin-propeller plane before she was subdued.
2008 Feb 17, In New Zealand 3
people were killed after a light plane and a helicopter collided in
mid-air in the coastal settlement of Paraparaumu.
2008 Feb 22, In New Zealand a
key conference on cluster bombs ended in Wellington with most of the
122 governments represented backing a draft treaty banning the
2008 Apr 2, In New Zealand new
government population figures showed that the Asian population is
growing faster than any other ethnic group and will outnumber
indigenous Maori by 2026.
2008 Apr 7, China and New
Zealand signed a free-trade agreement effective October 1.
2008 Apr 15, In New Zealand 5
people were killed and three others missing after they were swept
away by a storm-swollen river in the Mangatepopo Gorge.
2008 Jun 24, New Zealand police
charged two men in the slaying of Jae Hyeon Kim (25), a South Korean
backpacker, who disappeared five years ago during a working holiday
in New Zealand. The exact date of Kim's death remained unclear, but
police said it was likely to have been between Sep. 29 and Oct. 22,
2008 Jun 25, Seven indigenous
Maori tribes signed New Zealand's largest-ever settlement over
grievances arising from 19th century losses of lands, forests and
fisheries during European settlement of the country.
2008 Jul 4, In New Zealand
morning rush-hour traffic slowed to a crawl in most cities as
truckers snarled highways and streets with thousands of vehicles to
protest higher road taxes.
2008 Sep 11, New Zealand cut
its benchmark interest rate half a point to 7.5% in a bid to
engineer a quick recovery from a widely expected recession.
(WSJ, 9/12/08, p.A10)
2008 Oct 12, Australia and New
Zealand gave a blanket guarantee to all bank deposits in a move
likely to raise pressure on other economies to do the same, amid a
crisis of confidence in the global financial system.
2008 Nov 8, In New Zealand John
Key's center-right National Party swept to power on a theme of
change in elections, ending the nine year reign of Helen Clark's
Labor Party. National, with 59 seats, supported by the libertarian
Act Party with 5 seats and United Future with one seat, won the
(AFP, 11/8/08)(WSJ, 11/10/08, p.A14)
2008 Nov 16, The party
representing New Zealand's indigenous Maori people will get its
first Cabinet posts under a multiparty deal signed by PM-elect John
Key to form a center-right minority government.
2008 Nov 18, John Key (47)
became New Zealand's conservative new prime minister and underscored
the economy as his top priority.
(AP, 11/18/08)(Econ, 11/15/08, p.51)
2008 Christina Thompson
authored Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New
(Econ, 8/9/08, p.78)
2009 Jan 15, Police in New
Zealand said they had nabbed a man who was trying to crack a bar's
safe after posting security camera footage of the act on the
Internet networking site Facebook.
2009 Jan 29, New Zealands
central bank lowered its key interest 1.5 percentage points to a
record low of 3.5%, in response to a decelerating global growth
(WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A8)
2009 Apr 20, New Zealand's PM
John Key said that he wants an exit strategy before sending the
country's Special Air Service combat troops back to Afghanistan as
the US has requested.
2009 May 7, In New Zealand
former army reservist Jan Molenaar (51) fired a fusillade of shots
from an automatic rifle at police who arrived with a warrant to
search the house for cannabis. One officer was shot dead and two
others seriously wounded, along with a bystander. Molenaar was found
dead on May 9 in his house in the North Island city of Napier.
(AP, 5/8/09)(AP, 5/9/09)
2009 May 21, New Zealand police
launched an international search for Leo Gao, a businessman, and his
girlfriend, Kara Hurring, who allegedly took money and ran after the
Westpac Bank in Rotorua mistakenly put 10 million New Zealand
dollars ($6.1 million) into their account. The couple managed to
flee the country with about $2.3 million. Hurring returned to New
Zealand voluntarily in Feb, 2011. She faced trial in 2012 on charges
of stealing NZ$11,000 and money laundering HK$1.5 million ($192,000)
in Macau. Hui (Leo) Gao was arrested by Hong Kong border patrol on
Sep 29 as he tried to enter the territory from China.
(AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 5/22/09)(AFP, 9/30/11)(AFP,
2009 May 26, In New Zealand an
animal keeper was mauled to death by a rare white tiger at a
wildlife park in New Zealand while visitors watched in horror. South
African national Dalu Mncube was attacked after he and a colleague
entered the cage at Zion Wildlife Park on New Zealand's North Island
to clean it.
2009 Aug 10, New Zealand
announced that it will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 20
percent below 1990 levels by 2020.
2009 Aug 21, New Zealanders
voted overwhelmingly to overturn a law that prohibits parents from
hitting children, according to the results of a nationwide
referendum, but the government said the law is working and won't be
changed. In the postal vote 87.6% of voters responded "No" to the
question: "Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a
criminal offense in New Zealand?"
2009 Aug 21, Australian leader
Kevin Rudd and his trans-Tasman counterpart John Key chaired the
first-ever joint meeting of their cabinets, and said it had been a
valuable opportunity to discuss their joint challenges. They vowed
closer military ties and collaboration on climate change in the
2009 Sep 13, It was reported
that the hoki fish, harvested in the deep waters around New Zealand,
had declined substantially. Hoki, the main ingredient in McDonalds
Fillet-O-Fish sandwich, was also used by Dennys and Long John
Silvers restaurants. From 1996 to 2001 some 275,000 tons were
harvested by factory trawlers. The allowed catch was reduced to
100,00 tons in 2007 and 2008.
(SSFC, 9/13/09, p.A20)
2009 Sep 27, A New Zealand
teen, Cherelle May Dudfield (18), flashed her breasts at passing
cars and ended with up in a hospital after a distracted driver ran
into her. In Dec she was found guilty of disorderly behavior for the
prank and was fined $198.
2009 Oct 13, Activists from
Congo, Rene Ngongo (48), and New Zealand, Alyn Ware (47), and an
Ethiopia-based doctor from Australia, Catherine Hamlin (85), won the
Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel," for
work to protect rain forests, improve women's health and rid the
world of nuclear weapons. The honorary part of the award, without
prize money, went to Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki (73) for
raising awareness of climate change. Each will receive euro50,000
2009 Nov 18, Swedish museum
officials returned the remains of five indigenous Maori people to
New Zealand as part of a broader move in Europe to repatriate
remains taken from burial grounds.
2009 Dec 12, In Thailand 4
Kazakhs and a Belarusian were detained and their New Zealand
registered aircraft impounded after it landed in the Thai capital
with tons of war weaponry on board that originated in North Korea.
The Ilyushin 76 transport from Kazakhstan was allegedly traveling
from North Korea to Sri Lanka when it asked to land in Bangkok to
refuel. According to a flight plan seen by arms trafficking
researchers, the aircraft was chartered by Hong Kong-based Union Top
Management Ltd. to fly oil industry spare parts from Pyongyang to
Tehran, Iran, with several other stops, including Bangkok, Colombo
in Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. A New Zealand shell company,
SP Trading Ltd., had leased the airplane.
(AP, 12/12/09)(AP, 12/23/09)(AP, 1/22/10)
2009 Dec 17, In New Zealand a
church billboard was erected showing an apparently naked Virgin Mary
and Joseph in bed together and quickly sparked the ire of
conservative Christians. On the poster a sad-looking Joseph lies
next to Mary, whose face is turned heavenwards under the words:
"Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow." St Matthews' vicar,
Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the billboard was meant to challenge
stereotypes about the way Jesus was conceived.
2009 Dec 26, In New Zealand
some 20 pilot whales died on Colville Beach after stranding but
holiday-makers and conservation workers managed to coax 43 others
back out to sea. Some 105 long-finned pilot whales, stranded on
South Island, died.
(AP, 12/27/09)(AP, 12/28/09)
2009 Dec 28, New Zealands
supermaxi Alfa Romeo yacht was first across the finish line in the
Sydney to Hobart ocean race, ending a four-year winning streak by
Australian favorite Wild Oats XI.
2010 Jan 16, A small part of
Antarctica turned green as the ice-covered continent's biggest wind
farm, which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was
formally switched on in a joint New Zealand-US project on
Antarctica's Ross Sea coast.
2010 Jan 21, New Zealand said
that biblical citations inscribed on US-manufactured weapon sights
used by its troops in Afghanistan will be removed because they are
inappropriate and could stoke religious tensions. The inscriptions
on products from defense contractor Trijicon of Wixom, Michigan,
came to light this week in the US where Army officials said on Jan
19 they would investigate whether the gun sights, also used by US
troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, violate US procurement laws.
Trijicon said biblical references were first put on the sites nearly
30 years ago by the company founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in
a plane crash in 2003.
2010 Jan 22, New Zealands
commerce minister, Simon Power, said New Zealand is reviewing its
liberal system of company registration after investigators found a
shell company based here leased an airplane that smuggled arms from
North Korea. A New Zealand shell company, SP Trading Ltd., leased an
airplane seized last month in Thailand carrying an illegal arms
shipment from North Korea.
2010 Jan 23, In New Zealand 48
pilot whales stranded at Port Levy on South Island, but scores of
volunteers joined Department of Conservation workers to refloat them
off the shallow, muddy inlet. By the next day rescuers managed to
coax 33 back out into deep waters, but another 15 of the pod died.
2010 Jan 29, In New Zealand
police seized weapons used by two men to slaughter more than 30 dogs
owned by a neighbor in what animal welfare authorities said could be
the country's worst animal cruelty case.
2010 Jan 31, In New Zealand
Xiao Zhen killed Auckland taxi driver Hiren Mohini (39) and then
fled to China. Zhen was arrested in Shanghai and tried for murder in
2011. Xiao (24) expressed remorse over the killing, which he said
was in self-defense when an argument escalated after he refused to
pay Mohini adequate cab fare. On Aug 17 Xiao Zhen was sentenced to
15 years in prison.
2010 Feb 3, New Zealand police
warned that local teenager (19), who says she auctioned her
virginity online for $32,000 to raise tuition money, did not break
any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the
deal. Prostitution is legal in New Zealand under laws considered
more liberal than many countries. Prostitution among consenting
adults is allowed in brothels and on the streets, and offering
sexual services in print ads and online is also legal.
2010 Feb 5, New Zealand
explorers said 5 crates of whisky and brandy belonging to polar
explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after being buried
for more than 100 years under the Antarctic ice. The excavation of
the whisky followed the discovery last month of two blocks of butter
in an Antarctic hut used by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott on
his doomed 1910-12 expedition.
2010 Feb 14, In New Zealand
Department of Conservation workers found 9 whales dead on Stewart
Island's West Ruggedy Beach after they were alerted by a passer-by.
Wild seas and strong winds made it impossible to mount a rescue for
19 survivors. Conservation officials were forced to euthanize the
2010 Apr 14, The 3-island
territory of Tokelau declared itself a whale sanctuary, adding a
huge patch of sea to the total protected area of more than 7 million
square miles that is off limits to hunting in the Pacific Ocean.
About 1,500 people live in Tokelau, a UN protectorate that remains a
colony of New Zealand and lies about 300 miles (500 km) north of
2010 Apr 24, In New Zealand 3
airmen were killed and a fourth seriously hurt after a military
helicopter en route to a military memorial flyover crashed on
farmland north of Wellington.
2010 May 4, French lawmakers
decided to return 16 tattooed and mummified Maori heads to New
Zealand, ending years of debate on what to do with the human remains
acquired long ago by French museums seeking exotic curiosities.
2010 Jun 29, In New Zealand
rare memorabilia of former French Emperor Napoleon 1st, including a
lock of hair cut from his head after he died in exile in 1821 on the
remote island of St. Helena, fetched 140,000 New Zealand dollars
($97,000) at auction.
2010 Jul 7, A Tokyo court
convicted a New Zealand activist of assault and obstructing Japanese
whaling ships in the Antarctic Ocean, and sentenced him to a
suspended prison term. Peter Bethune (45) was also found guilty on
three other charges: trespassing, vandalism and possession of a
knife. Bethune was deported 2 days later.
(AP, 7/7/10)(AP, 7/9/10)
2010 Aug 3, In Afghanistan
insurgents wearing suicide vests tried to storm NATO's largest base
in the south, but did not breach its defenses. All of the attackers
were killed in the fighting including "approximately four" people in
suicide vests. New Zealand suffered its first combat fatality in
Afghanistan when a soldier died in an ambush that left another two
New Zealand soldiers and an Afghan interpreter wounded in central
2010 Aug 20, In northern New
Zealand 47 pilot whales died after they washed onto an isolated
beach. Rescue volunteers' initial efforts to refloat some survivors
failed. The next day rescuers refloated 11 beached pilot whales.
Some of the survivors still appeared to be in trouble.
(AP, 8/20/10)(AP, 8/21/10)
2010 Sep 4, In New Zealand
chimneys and walls crumbled to the ground, roads cracked in half and
residents were knocked off their feet as a powerful magnitude-7.1
earthquake rocked the South Island. No one was killed.
2010 Sep 4, In New Zealand's
Southern Alps a light aircraft carrying skydivers crashed in flames
near a popular tourist spot, killing nine people including four
2010 Sep 17, New Zealand
politician David Garrett (52), a lawmaker with the minor Act Party,
resigned from his party after admitting he stole a dead baby's
identity to obtain a false passport 26 years ago. Garrett said he
never used the false passport and eventually destroyed it.
2010 Sep 21, In New Zealand a
pod of 74-80 pilot whales stranded themselves on a remote northern
beach, the second time in a month that a mass beaching has happened
in the region. 25 of the animals were already dead when officials
arrived at Spirits Bay beach. Only 24 of the stranded whales
(AP, 9/22/10)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Sep 29, New Zealand
rescuers cut free a humpback whale that had been entangled for at
least two days in a heavy nylon rope that officials said would have
caused its slow death.
2010 Oct 26, An annual report
by Transparency Intl. marked Somalia as the most corrupt county in
the world, followed by Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq. Denmark, New
Zealand and Singapore tied as the worlds least corrupt nations. The
US declined to 22nd from 19th last year.
(SFC, 10/27/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 19, In New Zealand an
explosion ripped through the countrys largest coal mine with about
30 people underground. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured,
stumbled to the surface, while 29 were missing. Fears over poisonous
and combustible gases were preventing rescuers from entering the
(AP, 11/19/10)(AP, 11/20/10)
2010 Nov 24, In New Zealand a
second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly
five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing
underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
(SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 28, In New Zealand a
4th explosion in 9 days ripped through the mine where 29 miners
perished. Officials said the coal was on fire, a development that
could significantly delay recovery of the bodies. Efforts to
retrieve the miners were abandoned on Jan 13.
(AP, 11/28/10)(AP, 1/13/11)
2010 Dec 6, New Zealand
officials attackers wielding bats or clubs slaughtered two dozen fur
seals, including newborn pups, over several days at the Ohau Point
colony, one of the countrys most popular sanctuaries for watching
the animals. Oahu Point was only reoccupied for breeding in 1990,
and about 600 fur seal pups were born there in 2004.
2010 Dec, In New Zealand 2
spade-toothed beaked whales, a mother and her calf, beached
themselves. The species, identified later by DNA, was described as
the world's "rarest and perhaps most enigmatic" marine mammal.
2011 Jan 21, In New Zealand
David Walsh, mathematical savant and professional gambler, opened
his Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) at his Moorilla estate on the
(Econ, 1/29/11, p.84)
2011 Feb 4, In New Zealand
rescuers struggled to save scores of pilot whales after 80 beached
themselves. 14 died and others were not expected to last the night.
66 survivors of the pod freed themselves and swam back to sea during
a late night high tide.
(AP, 2/4/11)(AP, 2/5/11)
2011 Feb 22, Christchurch, New
Zealand, lay in ruins after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake toppled tall
buildings and churches. The earthquake left at least 166 dead,
including 21 Chinese students. The earthquake also caused some 30
million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand's biggest glacier.
On Feb 3 rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more
survivors. On May 16 nine final victims of the earthquake were
declared dead, ending an agonizing wait for families of people whose
remains have never been identified in the wreckage. 3 Israelis died
in the Christchurch quake that killed 181 people. Other Israelis
escaped the quake. One of the Israelis who died was carrying at
least five passports. A 2012 report said a six-story building that
collapsed and killed 115 people in the earthquake was made of weak
columns and concrete and did not meet standards when it was built in
(AFP, 2/23/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(AP,
3/5/11)(AP, 5/16/11)(AP, 7/19/11)(AP, 2/9/12)
2011 Mar 26, In a World Wide
Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative landmarks in thousands of cities,
from Sydney Harbor Bridge to the world's tallest building, the Burj
Khalifa in Dubai, turned off the power for Earth Hour, the fifth
such event promoting a sustainable future for the planet. The first
lights dimmed across Fiji and New Zealand at 8.30 p.m. (3:30 a.m.
EDT), to lights being turned on again in Samoa 24 hours later.
2011 May 3, In New Zealand a
tornado ripped across part of Auckland, upturning cars and sending
debris slicing through the air. At least one person was killed and
about 20 injured.
2011 Jun 13, In New Zealand
strong aftershocks rattled Christchurch. Thousands of aftershocks
have followed the 6.3 quake that killed 181 people on Feb 22.
(SFC, 6/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 19, In Papua New
Guinea an attacker fired 2 arrows hitting Matt Scheurich as the
28-year-old New Zealander relaxed on a river bank while his
girlfriend, a French doctoral student studying tribal life, swam in
the river. The attacker also threw rocks at Scheurich's head and
then attempted to sexually assault the French woman. The couple were
air lifted out and treated at Kiunga Hospital and then in Cairns,
2011 Jun 23, New Zealand's
government said that it has offered to pay thousands of homeowners
to leave areas of Christchurch, the country's second-largest city,
that were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.
2011 Aug 14, In Jersey a Polish
man (30) 6 people in a frenzied stabbing spree, the deadliest crime
in memory on the Channel Island. Damian Rzeszowski is suspected of
stabbing to death his wife Izabela Rzeszowska (30) their two
children, Kinga (5) and Kacper (2) in a flat in the capital St
Helier. He is also suspected of killing his wife's father Marek
Garstka (56) and her friend Marta Dominika De La Haye (34) and
five-year-old daughter Julia Frances. On Aug 24, 2012, Rzeszowski
was convicted of manslaughter.
(AP, 8/15/11)(AFP, 8/25/11)(AP, 8/28/12)
2011 Aug 31, The New Zealand
Press Association, the country's national news agency, closed its
doors after 131 years, the latest victim of media consolidation in
the digital age.
2011 Oct 5, In New Zealand the
47,000 ton Liberian-flagged container vessel "Rena" ran aground on
the Astrolabe reef about 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the North
Island. Maritime New Zealand soon declared the vessel a hazardous
ship as an oil slick more than doubled in size in just a few hours
on the Bay of Plenty. The ship had 1,368 containers on board. On Feb
29, 2012, the captain and the navigating officer, both Filipino,
pleaded guilty to mishandling the vessel and altering ship
documents. On May 25, 2012, they were each sentenced to seven months
(AP, 10/6/11)(AP, 10/12/11)(SFC, 11/14/11,
p.A2)(AP, 2/29/12)(AP, 5/25/12)
2011 Oct 11, New Zealand
declared its worst maritime pollution disaster, as oil gushed into a
pristine bay from the Rena, a stranded container ship being pounded
in heavy seas.
2011 Nov 14, Maritime New
Zealand said salvage crews have finished pumping 1,454 tons of oil
from the Rena, grounded on Oct 5, and were removing the last of
1,280 containers that remained on board.
(SFC, 11/14/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 15, New Zealand
conservation officials euthanized 18 beached pilot whales following
a mass stranding on a South Island beach that left a total of 65
(SFC, 11/16/11, p.A2)
2011 Nov 26, New Zealand PM
John Key convincingly won a second term in elections that opened the
door for the sales of billions of dollars worth of government assets
as part of a plan to reduce the country's debt.
2011 Dec 1, Berlin-based
Transparency International (TI) said corruption is hampering efforts
to tackle the eurozone debt crisis, as Greece (80) and Italy (69)
scored badly in a list of nations seen to be the most sleaze-ridden.
Nepal ranked 154th out of 183 countries. New Zealand ranked the
cleanest, while the US ranked 24th. Afghanistan ranked 180.
2011 Dec 6, Facebook started
making its Timeline feature available to the approximately two
million Facebook users living in New Zealand. The new application
takes everything youve ever done on Facebook and creates a digital
scrapbook that is simultaneously eye-pleasing and addicting.
2011 Dec 23, New Zealand's
Christchurch was rocked by a fresh series of powerful earthquakes,
sending terrified people fleeing into the streets 10 months after a
devastating quake claimed 181 lives. Two shallow quakes of magnitude
5.8 and 5.9 and a series of aftershocks struck as malls were packed
with afternoon Christmas shoppers.
2012 Jan 6, In New Zealand 7
long-finned pilot whales died after being beached. Rescuers the next
day were confident they had saved 18 others.
2012 Jan 7, In New Zealand a
hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed after hitting a power
line, killing all 11 people on board as their families watched on in
2012 Jan 20, The FBI announced
that it had closed down one of the world's largest file sharing
sites Megauploader.com. The site, which had over 180 million
registered users, was accused of copyright violation and its founder
Kim Dotcom (37), aka Kim Schmitz, was arrested in New Zealand.
Shortly after, Anonymous launched an attack on several US based
sites, including the FBI and Universal Music.
2012 Feb 24, In New Zealand
actress Lucy Lawless and six other protesters boarded the ship Noble
Discoverer in a bid to prevent it sailing to the Arctic, where it
has been contracted by Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell to conduct
exploratory drilling. On Feb 27 police arrested Lawless along with
five other Greenpeace activists.
(AFP, 2/24/12)(AFP, 2/27/12)
2012 Jan 24, In New Zealand a
mass-stranding of whales left 36 of the creatures dead and
threatened 40 more. 99 pilot whales had stranded themselves a day
earlier on Farewell Spit on the South Island.
2012 Mar 24, It was reported
that New Zealand scientist Sir Paul Callaghan (64) has died after a
long battle with bowel cancer. He gained international recognition
for his work in molecular physics.
2012 Apr 25, In New Zealand an
African elephant killed a zookeeper caring for her at the Franklin
Zoo near Auckland where the animal was retired after performing in
circuses for decades.
2012 May 12, In New Zealand 3
Boston University students, who were studying in New Zealand, were
killed when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from
the university were injured in the accident. On May 18 BU student
Stephen Houseman (20) was charged with careless driving.
(AP, 5/12/12)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)
2012 May 24, New Zealand's
government squeezed smokers more than ever by announcing a 40 per
cent hike in tobacco taxes over the next four years. Officials hoped
the higher taxes and new restrictions will bring the country of 4.4
million closer to a recent pledge to snuff out the habit entirely by
2012 May 25, A long-running
joust to host a radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, that
would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended with a
Solomon-like judgement to split the site between two groups,
Australia and New Zealand and South Africa.
(AFP, 5/25/12)(Econ, 6/2/12, p.94)
2012 Jun 19, The United States
and New Zealand signed an agreement to expand defense cooperation.
The deal did not alter Auckland's longstanding ban on port visits by
nuclear-armed American warships.
2012 Jul 11, New Zealand
launched a search for hundreds of Chinese students who arrived in
the country on fraudulently-obtained visas.
2012 Jul 16, New Zealand
announced plans to ban the use of drugs offering so-called 'legal'
highs unless manufacturers can provide clinical evidence that they
2012 Aug 6, In New Zealand
Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes after a
few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn't cause any
injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island
2012 Aug 24, In New Zealand Hui
"Leo" Gao, who fled to China after a bank mistakenly deposited
millions of dollars into his account, was jailed for four years and
seven months. His then-partner Kara Hurring was sentenced to nine
months home detention in the same court and ordered to repay almost
NZ$12,000 she had obtained using Gao's credit card. The court was
told that NZ$3.8 million of the money had still not been recovered
and Gao had provided no explanation about what happened to it.
2012 Nov 9, New Zealand's
government said that it would not sign on for a second stage of the
Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered
environmentalists and political opponents. Climate change minister
Tim Groser said the country would be better served in the future by
joining the US, China and others in a nonbinding climate pledge
under the United Nations Framework Convention. The Kyoto 2 treaty
will run from 2013 to 2020.
2012 Nov 21, New Zealands
Mount Tongariro erupted with a brief blast of dark ash, canceling
flights but causing no significant damage. Tongariro National Park
has three active volcanoes.
2012 Dec 6, In New Zealand an
unusually destructive tornado swept through neighborhoods around
Auckland, killing three people and forcing 250 more to evacuate
damaged and powerless homes.
2012 Dec 30, In New Zealand
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins (53), who worked on the
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other Peter Jackson films, died in a
2013 Jan 9, British health
officials said a new strain of the winter vomiting disease norovirus
has spread to France, New Zealand and Japan from Australia and is
overtaking all others to become the dominant local strain.
2013 Jan 15, A Hong Kong
company controlled by controlled by Li Ka-shing, Asia's richest man,
said that it's buying New Zealand's second biggest waste disposal
company, EnviroWaste Services Ltd., from Australian private equity
firm Ironbridge Capital.
2013 Jan 20, In New Zealand
indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched Mega, a new
file-sharing website that promised users greater privacy and defied
the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online
2013 Feb 27, In New Zealand
Adam Strange, a 46-year-old television and short film director, was
killed by a shark off Muriwai Beach near Auckland.
2013 Mar 13, New Zealand
lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill allowing same-sex
marriage, all but assuring that it will soon become law.
2013 Apr 17, New Zealand
lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its
third and final reading. New Zealand thus became the 13th in the
world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex
2013 Apr 22, In New Zealand
rain continued to fall in a downpour that has lasted three days over
much of the country. Farmers were relieved that the deluge has ended
the country's most widespread drought in 30 years.
2013 May 20, New Zealand PM
John Key said a frozen meat issue is a technical hiccup that he
expects will be resolved this week. Hundreds of tons of frozen
mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded for 2-3
weeks on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a
2013 Jun 7, New Zealand
politician Peter Dunne, suspected of leaking a report on the
country's spy agency, stepped down from his ministerial duties.
2013 Jun 14, In New Zealand
Google announced the launch of Project Loon, a collection of helium
balloons with antennas controlled to provide Internet access.
(SFC, 6/15/13, p.A4)
2013 Jul 10, Taiwan signed a
trade pact with New Zealand, its first with a country that
(Econ, 7/13/13, p.37)
2013 Jul 11, New Zealand
enacted a law to regulate synthetic drugs. The hidden dangers of
synthetic drugs. In a 119-to-1 vote the country's parliament passed
the Psychoactive Substances Bill, establishing a framework for
testing, manufacturing and selling such recreational drugs.
2013 Jul 21, In New Zealand a
6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Wellington. Four people were injured.
The quake was centered under the Cook Strait, 35 miles southwest of
(Reuters, 7/22/13)(SFC, 7/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 25, New Zealand banned
Maniac, a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting
serial killer, from general release after the government deemed it
too graphic and disturbing for the public. The film was a remake of
the 1980 slasher film about a killer who scalps his victims.
2013 Jul 30, In New Zealand
Hackers disabled several websites of the ruling party, protesting a
planned law to widen the surveillance powers of the country's spy
agency but the action was criticized by Internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom as counter-productive.
2013 Aug 29, In New Zealand
former Wellington financial adviser David Ross pleaded guilty to
running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.
2013 Oct 15, New Zealand author
Eleanor Catton (28) became the youngest winner of the Man Booker
Prize for fiction, claiming the award for her novel "The
2013 Nov 4, New Zealand police
said they were investigating a gang of young males who boasted
online about stupefying underage girls with alcohol then having
group sex with them. The case has raised concerns about how to
police online bullying.
2013 Nov 22, New Zealand held a
referendum on whether the people support the governments sale of up
to 49% of its share in four energy companies and the national
airline. With a 45% turnout 67.3% said no.
2014 Jan 14, In New Zealand at
least 13 pilot whales were beached on a remote coastline and
conservation officials desperately battled to prevent another 50
from reaching the shore.