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New Zealand War Dead Honoured in South Africa

2009 Feb 19

A memorial to 23 members of the New Zealand 7th Contingent who lost their lives in the Battle of Langverwacht in February 1902 is being re-dedicated in South Africa this week.…

Te Ara wants your stories of country schools

2009 Feb 03

This week thousands of children return to school, in towns and cities and in rural centres dotted throughout the countryside.…

Updated History of New Zealands Flags

2009 Feb 01

On Waitangi Day 2010 the national Maori flag will for the first time fly over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It will also fly at Parliament, Premier House, the Governor-General's official residences in…

Waitangi Day 2009 Commemorative Events

2009 Jan 14

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage today announced $276,500 of Government funding for Waitangi Day events throughout New Zealand. The grants are given to encourage widespread participation in…

Career Girls star in Te Ara’s latest entry

2008 Nov 21

www.TeAra.govt.nz’s latest theme ‘The Settled Landscape’ tells the story of country life in New Zealand. And sheep.…

Ninetieth Anniversary of the Influenza Pandemic

2008 Nov 14

“The 11th of November 2008 commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Armistice and the ‘Coming Home’ of our soldiers from the First World War”, said Ministry of Culture and Heritage Acting…

The Main Trunk Line – 100 years of travel

2008 Aug 07

After two decades of construction, the first train north bound on the 680-kilometre Main Trunk Line left Wellington 100 years ago on 7 August 1908.…

Eight new non-commercial FM radio licences throughout New Zealand

2008 Aug 04

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has allocated eight new FM radio licences for non-commercial community broadcasting.…

New Zealand’s Olympic Story

2008 Aug 01

A record 182 New Zealanders will compete at the Beijing Olympics in just a week’s time. Amid the building excitement, the team at www.NZHistory.net.nz have compiled the inspiring story of New…

Kiwis go to the polls

2008 Jul 11

July 14 2008 marks 155 years since New Zealanders’ first trip to the polling booths. But if elections seem complex in 2008, New Zealand's first parliamentary elections began on 14 July 1853 in the…

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