New Zealand 1960 CE

New Zealand is a fully independent country within the British Commonwealth.

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What is happening in New Zealand in 1960CE

New Zealand armed forces played an important part in the World War 1, most famously in the ANZAC formation, which bore the brunt of the fearful fighting at Gallipoli.

Between the wars, the Great Depression of the 1930’s led to further social legislation. In World War 2, New Zealanders fought in many theatres, at sea, on land and in the air.

In 1947 the terms of the Statute of Westminster came into force for New Zealand. This statute had originally been passed by the British parliament in 1931, and had affected Canada and Australia at that time. It was only now made applicable to New Zealand, however. By its terms, New Zealand became a sovereign state within the British Commonwealth of Nations, with equal status with Britain. The countries continued to share the British monarch as the head of state.

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