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This week in NZ History

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7/09/1868 - Von Tempsky killed at Te Ngutu-o-te-manu

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Von Tempsky was killed during the assault on Titokowaru's pa in south Taranaki. His paintings and accounts of the New Zealand wars had made him a folk hero to European settlers.

6/09/1948 - New Zealand citizenship established

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Prior to this act coming into effect all New Zealanders were classified as British subjects. Separate New Zealand citizenship was possible from 1 January 1949, when the act came into effect. This was a change New Zealand did not initiate.

5/09/1939 - PM declares NZ's support for Britain

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In declaring New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany that had just begun, an ailing Michael Joseph Savage famously told the nation that 'Where she goes, we go. Where she stands, we stand'. 

4/09/1863 - The wreck of the Delaware

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Soon after leaving Nelson for Napier, the Delaware was wrecked in what is now known as Delaware Bay. Accounts of the incident often focus on the heroism of Huria Matenga, the only woman in a party of five local Maori who assisted the crew to shore. 

3/09/1939 - New Zealand declares war on Germany

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Alongside Britain and Australia, New Zealand was one of the first countries to become involved in the global conflict precipitated by Germany's invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939.

2/09/1960 - Golden day for Kiwi runners in Rome

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It was arguably New Zealand's greatest day at the Olympics. Peter Snell won gold in the 800 metres and Murray Halberg followed up 30 minutes later to win the 5000 m, completing a remarkable track double in Rome's Olympic Stadium.

1/09/1987 - New Zealander sentenced to death in Malaysia

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Lorraine Cohen was sentenced to death by a Malaysian judge for heroin trafficking. On appeal her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. The trial of Lorraine and her son Aaron, who was arrested at the same time, gained worldwide attention.

31/08/1974 - Death of Norman Kirk

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Leader of the Labour Party since 1965 and Prime Minister from late 1972, 'Big Norm' died suddenly at the age of 51. He was the fifth New Zealand PM to die in office.