On this day…in 1840

Under the leadership of British statesman Edward G. Wakefield, the first British colonists to New Zealand arrive at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island. In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the South Pacific island group that later became known as New Zealand. While attempting to land, several of Tasman’s crew … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1916

On January 8, 1916, Allied forces stage a full retreat from the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, ending a disastrous invasion of the Ottoman Empire. The Gallipoli Campaign resulted in 250,000 Allied casualties and greatly discredited Allied military command. Roughly an equal number of Turks were killed or wounded. In early 1915, the … [Read the full story]

Sonny Bill ready to help the Kiwis

Sonny Bill Williams says he is ready to help his New Zealand “brothers” defend the rugby league World Cup, despite not being picked in the Kiwis squad. The 28-year-old dual international performed a u-turn on Tuesday when he informed coach Stephen Kearney of his availability for the tournament beginning later this month. It came just … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1893

With the signing of the Electoral Bill by Governor Lord Glasgow, New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant national voting rights to women. The bill was the outcome of years of suffragette meetings in towns and cities across the country, with women often traveling considerable distances to hear lectures and speeches, … [Read the full story]

Guy finds his house plumbed with beer

It’s every man’s dream property complete with all the mod cons including a kitchen, a bathroom and… beer on tap. That’s what one guy in New Zealand came home to find after his friends decided to prank him and plumb his entire house with beer. A seven-minute long video shows a group of lads sneakily … [Read the full story]

Wet trousers give away fish smuggler

A man’s master plan to smuggle live fish into New Zealand was thwarted after airport officials saw his trousers were dripping wet. If you plan to sneak fish into another country it is probably best you come up with a better transport method than stuffing them in your pockets. Sadly this advice came too late … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1939

At 4:45 a.m., some 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. Simultaneously, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler claimed the massive invasion was a defensive action, but Britain and France were … [Read the full story]

11 year old boy has baby with friend’s mother

An 11-year-old Auckland boy has fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of his school friend. It is understood that both the father and baby are now in government care after the principal at the boy’s school raised the alarm. It is alleged the contact between the boy and the woman began in April 2011 … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylors SRU

A Queen retires and a new King takes over the kingdom. Holland celebrated in style the first king to reign in nearly a century. In Afghanistan, a road side bomb kills UK troops. More than 400 dead in building collapse and protestors call for the death penalty. In India, the four year old child who … [Read the full story]

DVD derek reviews…

After the Lord of The Rings we have the DVD of The Hobbit. This was a beautiful amusing whimsical tale of the Shire. Like the previous Rings DVD’s the story starts slowly and gives you time to appreciate the characters. The DVD is too long and can be compared to a violent games disc. You … [Read the full story]

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