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 21st 2013 Coromandel
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- October 16th 2012 14. 10 bis 16.10.12, von Paihia, über Snells Beach nach Whitianga
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- April 19th 2012 Auckland and the trip to Whitianga
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- March 9th 2012 Another suitcase in another hall
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- December 22nd 2011 Hot Water Beach & Whitianga
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- April 14th 2011 Journal day - 68 Maori/Celtic fusion!
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- April 13th 2011 Journal day 67 - Whitianga, Bone Carving & Hot Water Beach.
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- April 13th 2011 The Coromandel Peninsula
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- December 15th 2010 The Coromandel, Whitianga and Mercury Bay
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- December 4th 2010 Under the sea!
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- January 11th 2010 Dig Your Own Hot Tub
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- January 9th 2010 Christmas and new years time!!!
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- October 28th 2009 Mercury Bay
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- March 10th 2009 magic mugwort palaces, fairy god mothers and ritalin
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- February 12th 2009 Coromandel - Whitianga & Thames
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- February 12th 2009 Cathedrals and baths.
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- February 11th 2009 A car for NZ...off we go!
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- January 27th 2009 Whitianga (Fit-i-ang-a)
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- January 9th 2009 COROMANDEL EAST / ROTORUA
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