31 August 1974
Death of Prime Minister Norman Kirk, MP for Sydenham. He had earlier been MP for Lyttelton, and Mayor of Kaiapoi.
Explore this set of Digital NZ images of the life and death of Norman Kirk.
1 September 1940
New Zealand Railways railcar sets a speed record of 125 kilometres per hour (78 miles per hour) near Rolleston. This is still the highest speed officially acknowledged on the New Zealand rail system.