WHO accused of suppressing information about Taiwan's coronavirus prevention measures
Along with its Asian neighbours South Korea and Singapore, Taiwan has received near-universal praise for its approach to fighting coronavirus. But it is still not a member of the WHO. full story
Coronavirus update: Spain and UK suffer record daily tolls, Russia's Putin met doctor who has COVID-19
Another death is confirmed in New South Wales, Spain and the UK record their highest daily tolls, and Vladimir Putin had contact with a doctor who has since been diagnosed with COVID-19. full story
Wuhan's coronavirus lockdown is being lifted but doubts remain it will ever return to normal
Wuhan residents have taken their first glimpse of normal life since the lockdown, but experts say it's unclear how long it will take for ground zero — and the world — to recover from a crisis of this scale. full story
Quote of the Day
"The child had every toy his father wanted." Robert E. Whitten
1965 - TEAL becomes Air New Zealand
New Zealand’s international airline, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), was renamed Air New Zealand Limited. more...
1974 - ACC comes into operation
In 1972 government legislation established the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) to provide insurance for all personal injury. more...
1978 - Thermal insulation required in NZ homes
Early European-style timber frame construction was not as effective as traditional Māori methods at keeping the heat in buildings. Specified levels of thermal insulation were not required by law until 1978. more...
1981 - New Zealand Film Archive launched
The New Zealand Film Archive has grown considerably since it shared Wellington premises with the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies. more...
1987 - State-owned enterprises are born
The State-Owned Enterprises Act heralded a major overhaul of the public sector and was a key part of the strategy of economic liberalisation known as 'Rogernomics'. more...
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