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Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers. Abel Janszoon Tasman sailed from Holland in 1642 but the first encounter between Maori and European was violent and Tasman left without setting foot on New Zealand land. In 1769 James Cook arrived and from the 1790's whalers, traders and missionaries arrive, establishing settlements along the coast. It is during the next few years that the inter-tribal Musket Wars commence.

The subsequent influx of European settlers immigrating to New Zealand leads to the turbulent period known as the Land Wars, which lasted over 20 years. The British New Zealand Company was formed in 1838, which then started buying land from the Maori Tribes and selling it to settlers who had made the long arduous journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life.

The Maori, indigenous people of New Zealand, sign a Treaty with the British on the 6th February 1840, known as the Treaty of Waitangi.

Hongi Hika, warrior chief of the Nga Puhi tribe; Te Rauparaha, (also known as The Napoleon of the Pacific), warrior chief of the Ngati Toa tribe; Michael Joseph Savage (Prime Minister) are few Maori and European who have left a mark in New Zealand history.

Today New Zealand is a multi cultural society and was the first country to declare itself Nuclear Free.


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