New Zealand

Events

Moriori People are settling

950 - 1130

Polynesians discover and settle New Zealand

950 AD - 1130 AD

Abel Janszoon Tasman

1642

The first of the European explorers from Holland.

Encounter between Maori and Europeans is violent with blood shed

1642

British explorer James Cook arrives

1769

Whalers, traders, and missionaries, arrive establishing settlements

1790

First British missionaries arrive

1815

Maori chiefs sign the Treaty of Waitangi

February 6, 1840

New Zealand Wars

1843 - 1872

Hostilities between Maori and European begin

1845

The Battle of Gate Pa

1864

British Government withdraws the last of its Imperial troops from New Zealand

1870

Becomes the first country to allow women to vote

1893

Government introduces old-age pensions

1898

Becomes dominion within British empire

1898

Commits thousands of troops to British WWI war effort

1914

Gains full independence from Britain

1947

Troops serve with UN in the Korean War

1950 - 1953

Anzus Pacific treaty signed between New Zealand, Australia, and USA

1960

Troops join a UN peacekeeping force in East Timor

1999