Prime Minister Joseph Ward declares New Zealand's dominion status on the steps of Parliament on 26 September 1907. In doing so New Zealand threw off its colonial status and became a dominion within the British Empire. While the shift from colony to dominion had little practical effect – New Zealand was no more independent from Britain than it had been previously – it did convey an emerging sense of independent nationhood.
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