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14 November 2016: At 12.02 a.m. a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand, causing significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in northern Canterbury as well as neighbouring Marlborough. Landslides cut off road and rail links to Kaik˘ura ľ stranding large numbers of visitors in the popular tourist town. Two people lost their lives: one at a property in Mt Lyford as a result of a heart attack and another when a homestead collapsed in Kaik˘ura.
13 February 2017
Credit: PORT HILLS FIRES
22 FEBRUARY 2017: Earthquake Memorial on banks of Avon opened on the sixth year anniversery
Credit: EARTHQUAKE MEMORIAL
February: New Zealand joins the fight against ISIS by sending troops to Iraq to train Iraqi Soldiers against the Islamic Terror Group.
October 25: The All Blacks Win the Rugby World Cup, the only team to ever win the tournament twice in a row.
20 January: Eketahuna earthquake causes moderate damage in the lower North Island.
20 September: 2014 general election is held. The National Party wins a third term in office.
October: New Zealand wins a seat on the United Nations Security Council, starting from 2015. New Zealand last held a seat in 1993-1994.
19 Aug: Same-sex marriage in legalised in NZ.
12 October: 2013 Local Government elections held
23 October: All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup defeating France in the final at Eden Park.
26 November: The fifth National Government, with John Key as Prime Minister, re-elected with a reduced majority to a second term
22 FEB - February Christchurch aftershock struck at 12.51pm The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch. It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.
The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by the 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island.
In total, 181 people were killed in the earthquake, making the earthquake the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand. Nationals from more than 20 countries were among the victims. The Government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.
Credit: Christchurch Earthquake Website
Sept 4 - At 4.35am an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the richter scale struck the greater Canterbury area. There was widespread property damage but no lives were lost. There were numerous aftershocks.
Oct 1 - GST increased from 12.5% to 15%
Nov 18 - A gas explosion in the Pike River coalmine between Reefton and Greymouth, traps 31 miners underground. 2 miners who were making their way into the mine walk out. Poisonous gas frustrates any rescue attempt and on Wednesday 25 Nov a further explosion extinguishes all hope of rescuing the remining 29 miners.
Dec 26 - A swarm of more than 32 shallow aftershocks, many centred directly under the city, occurred throughout the day beginning with a 4.2 jolt at 2:07am. The largest of these, with a magnitude of 4.9, at a depth of 12 km below Opawa was felt very strongly and caused further damage to at least 20 buildings, the closure of the central city, and cut power to more than 40,000 for some time.
July 15: The Fiordland earthquake was magnitude 7.8 and struck at 6.22pm. The earthquake was centred in the remote region of Fiordland. It was the largest New Zealand earthquake since the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake, which also had a magnitude of 7.8. It was felt throughout the South Island, and in the lower North Island as far as New Plymouth. No injuries or fatalities were reported, and it caused only minor property damage.