New Zealand is a relatively young country, the history of New Zealand
is rich and fascinating, reflecting both our Maori and European
heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some
dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful
colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows
what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become
thanks to the history of New Zealand.
An 1840 treaty between Maori and the British Crown is New Zealandís
founding document. Today, the Treaty of Waitangi has a major impact
Bravely voyaging across the Pacific from their ancestral homeland
hundreds of years ago, Maori made New Zealand their home, becoming
the tangata whenua ó people of the land.
Over a thousand years ago, Maori became the first people to migrate
to New Zealand. Since then, people have come from around the world
to settle here.
Though a Dutchman was the first European to sight the land, it was
the British who colonised New Zealand, leaving an indelible mark
on the country and its people.