• New Zealand becomes a British Dominion.

  • New Zealand gains full independence from the United Kingdom. 

  • Government rescues Air New Zealand, which was privatized 12 years ago, and takes an 83% stake in the carrier.

  • New Zealand's economy goes into recession for the first time since 1998, shrinking its economy and raising unemployment rates. 

  • New Zealand becomes the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage. 


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