1942: Born to Roy and Phoebe.

1947: Entered Fairburn Primary School, later Otara Intermediate and Otahuhu College.

1965: Graduated bachelor of law, Auckland University.

1966: Admitted to bar.

1968: Married Naomi Crampton.

1970: Graduated master of law with first-class honours.

1977: Elected MP for Mangere in byelection.

1979: Becomes Deputy Leader of Opposition.

1983: Leader of Opposition.

1984: Prime Minister.

1989: Resigns as PM, becoming Attorney-General.

1989: Made Member of the Order of Companions of Honour.

1989: Separates from Naomi.

1990: Resigns as Attorney-General.

1992: Marries Margaret Pope.

1996: Leaves Parliament.

2003: A winner of Right Livelihood Awards in Sweden for trying to rid world of nuclear weapons.

2003: Made Member of the Order of New Zealand.

2005: Dies August 13.