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.
Blogs from White Island
Latest Blogs from White Island
- February 22nd 2012 New Zealand: Visiting an Active Volcanic Island
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- October 7th 2011 Papamoa Beach and the White Island volcano
by Words: 256 Photos: 2
- September 7th 2011 I'm on a volcano!
by Words: 271 Photos: 30
- May 6th 2010 Jacob and the volcano
by Words: 959 Photos: 15
- March 14th 2009 The White Island
by Words: 844 Photos: 19
- September 25th 2008 Volcano and helicopter adventure!
by Words: 648 Photos: 37
- October 8th 2006 To The Moon & Back
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