1990:Commonwealth Games held in Auckland.
Pay Television Network Sky TV began broadcasting.
Big earthquake in Hawke's Bay.
1991:An avalanche on Aoraki/Mount Cook reduces its height by 10.5 metres. 1992:State housing commercialized.
Student Loan system is started / Tertiary Fees raised
1994:Government commits 250 soldiers to front-line duty in Bosnia. New Zealand's first casino opens in Christchurch.
First fast-ferry service begins operation across Cook Strait. 1997:TV4 begins daily broadcasts.
Customs Service cracks down on imported Japanese used cars following claims of odometer fraud. 1998:Auckland city businesses hit by a power cut lasting several weeks. The crisis of over a month results in an inquiry into Mercury Energy. Several cases of tuberculosis discovered in South Auckland in the worst outbreak for a decade. Prime TV launched
1999:Alcohol purchase age for off-licenses reduced from 20 to 18 years of age 2001:Interest accrual is removed from student loans while studying. Students who accrued interest prior to 2001 are still required to pay. 2002:30 June: The population of Canterbury reaches half a million. 27 July: 2002 general election, Labour-led government returned for a second term. 2003:Population of New Zealand exceeds 4 million.
2004:Foreshore and Seabed Act passed.
Civil Union Act passed
Māori Party formed.
Maori TV begins broadcasting
2006:Labour enacts its election promise to remove interest on loans to students living in New Zealand. Five cent coins are dropped from circulation and existing 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins are replaced with smaller coins. The government announces a NZ$11.5 billion surplus, the largest in the country's history and second only to Denmark in the Western World. South Island population reaches 1 million
2007:2 May: Freeview is launched, providing free-to-air digital television. 1 July: KiwiSaver retirement savings scheme introduced.
18 December:Electoral Finance Act enacted.
2008:11 January: mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary dies.
2009:28 April: First confirmed New Zealand case in the 2009 swine flu outbreak. 2010:4 September: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes the Canterbury Region causing widespread damage to Christchurch and surrounding areas. 2011:22 February: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Christchurch causing widespread damage and 184 deaths. 23 October: All Blacks win Rugby World Cup against France, 8-7 in Eden Park, New Zealand. Holiday park guest night figures show pronounced movements in March and April 2013. March figures were boosted by great weather and an early Easter, while April figures were adversely affected by the timing of Easter and school holidays, and wet weather. The trend for guest nights spent in holiday parks shows little movements in recent months. This may change when data for future months is added to the series. The weather was generally warm, dry, and sunny in March, but quite wet in April. Also, while the school holidays fell entirely in April in 2012, this year they fell partly in May. Although there was a drop in domestic guest nights, there was an increase in visitor arrivals and international guest nights. There were 2.628 million visitor arrivals to New Zealand in the May 2013 year. This is up less than 1 percent from the May 2012 year, but that year was boosted by visitor arrivals for the Rugby World Cup. The increase in net migration over the last five months was mainly due to fewer New Zealand citizen departures to Australia. Immigration from and to NZ has changed dramatically over the years and this may be one of the major factors leading to the amount of people staying at hotels or holiday parks. More people will be coming into the country from the rugby world cup and also people not going anywhere from NZ from the earthquakes in NZ. 9/11 - The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New...
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