Polynesians discovered and settled in New Zealand.
Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover New Zealand.
Capt. James cook, claims and charts New Zealand for Britain.
Mar-Joseph Marion du Fresne of France, claims country for France.
Vicious epidemic of rewha-rewha kills 60% of North Island population of Māori
The Musket Wars.
1807 - 1840
Māori sign the Treaty Of Waitangi.
The Land Wars.
1845 - 1872
New Zealand becomes the first country to allow women the right to vote.
New Zealand gains independence from Great Britain.