History of New Zealand

The history of New Zealand is an interesting and rich story full of twists, turns and important events that have made the country what it is today.

The Māori were the first settlers in New Zealand. They called the land Aotearoa, which translates to the land of the long white cloud. They came around 1000 years ago and it is believed that they traveled in canoes all the way from Hawaiki.

Shortly after that, Abel Tasman (a name common in the country today) became the first European to lay roots in the country. Despite the existence of both the Māori and Tasman, who were the native peoples of the region, the British came in to make New Zealand part of their ever growing empire and who colonized the country now known as New Zealand.

Fast forward to 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed which marked an agreement between the Māori and the British. It is now considered to be the founding document of New Zealand and established British law within New Zealand. It is probably one of the country’s most important documents of all time. It is such an important event that the building where the treaty was signed sees hundreds of visitors and tourists each year.

To this day, you can find traces of Māori culture sprinkled throughout the country. From art exhibits to architecture, there is reminders of the important history of New Zealand in almost every town across the country from coast to coast. The country has evolved to become and remains a culturally diverse place with people from different backgrounds and with different stories coming together in a peaceful and unique nation with so much to offer. The country keeps some of its ties to the British rule and empire, but has proudly established itself as an independent and sovereign nation.