Background: The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
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- January 9th 2013 Guus en Äpe aan du wandul
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- November 28th 2012 Ut eerstu afontuur
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- July 6th 2012 Auckland and Waiheke Island
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- March 5th 2012 NZ - The final week
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- February 22nd 2012 Auckland
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- March 5th 2011 Yeah Yeah New Zealand
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- January 2nd 2011 dream retirement holiday
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- December 24th 2010 Rangitoto Island
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- December 23rd 2010 Thrown to the sharks!
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- December 14th 2010 Quiet time...
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- December 5th 2010 Goodbye to Julian!
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- October 17th 2010 Just wondered...
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- October 13th 2010 Airport anxieties
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- March 3rd 2010 Auckland weekend with Pete
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- February 16th 2010 Lift off! Splash down!
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- January 11th 2010 Happy New Year Auckland!
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- January 3rd 2010 Parnell Festival of Roses
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- December 29th 2009 Discovering Auckland's Domain
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- December 26th 2009 In the beginning
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