Between October and December 1918 an influenza pandemic travelled across the globe and hit New Zealand. By December the death toll had topped 8600. Records are a bit sketchy but Māori suffered heavily, with at least 2160 deaths.
For 75 years Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a baby gift box by the state. It’s like a starter kit containing baby clothes, a sleeping quilt, mattress, bathing products and nappies. The box can even be used as a bed for the baby.