Kiwi Contributions

In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote after a campaign led by suffragette Kate Sheppard.

On 31 March 1903 (more than half a year before the Wright Brothers!), Richard Pearse is reputed to have carried out the first powered flight.

Ernest Rutherford was one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century. Best known for splitting the atom, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908.

In 1934 Rotorua-born Jean Batten broke records when flying solo from Britain to Australia in just 14 days, 22 hours and 30 minutes.

In 1953, beekeeper Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first people to climb Mount Everest.

Inventor and artist John Britten built the world’s fastest motorbike in his spare time and took the motoring world by storm.