The first nationwide TV Network News bulletin in New Zealand was on 3 November 1969. Here we mark the 50th anniversary of that historic moment with a look back at the events and the people who have dominated the past five decades.

Overseas, we travel from the Vietnam War to 9/11 and Princess Diana's death, while at home we revisit Bastion Point, New Zealand's first female Prime Ministers and the Christchurch earthquakes.

Watch a highlights reel above, and below we run through the main events decade by decade.