Boom and bust: 1900–1940

At the beginning of the 20th century Wellington was known as ‘the Empire City’, reflecting its strong links with Britain, and an ambitious outlook.

Part of story: Wellington region

New Zealand in the world

Security New Zealand is a small country, with an extensive coastline and a substantial sea-borne trade with countries in all parts of the world.

Part of story: Nation and government

Unions, pay and working hours


Part of story: Shops


In 2013 New Zealand was home to more than 19,000 Sikhs, a religious and ethnic community based in the Indian state of Punjab.

Part of story: Diverse religions

Māori Television, 2000s

Māori Television Service

Part of story: Māori and television – whakaata

Parks and gardens

The early surveyors who laid out the streets for New Zealand’s four main centres were conscious of the need to provide open public spaces for future parks and gardens.

Part of story: City public spaces

Impact of the war

Of the First World War’s many consequences for New Zealand, the human cost was the most traumatic.

Part of story: First World War

Public protest overview

A public protest is a means for people to complain in a public way about something they think is wrong and build support to correct it.

Part of story: Public protest

Curriculum changes

The curriculum for primary and secondary schools has been revised at intervals to reflect changing social and educational priorities.

Part of story: Primary and secondary education

Early celebrations and Queen Victoria’s jubilees

What are anniversaries?

Part of story: Anniversaries

Military medals overview

Medals are awarded to members of the armed forces in recognition of service, participation in military campaigns, and acts of gallantry and bravery.

Part of story: Military medals