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 Napier
Latest Blogs from Napier
- October 20th 2012 19. Oktober 12 - Napier, Hawke's Bay
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- February 19th 2012 Our first days in New Zealand
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- February 13th 2012 Married!
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- January 19th 2012 The start of my journey to Belgium !
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- January 12th 2012 Cape Kidnapper & Art Deco
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- January 9th 2012 Fantastique !
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- December 31st 2011 Hawke's Bay (28/12/2011)
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- July 17th 2011 On our way!
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- April 24th 2011 Journal day 78 - Napier rising!
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- March 20th 2011 Saturday 19th March - Napier
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- March 2nd 2011 A Bit Of Billing And Cooing!
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- March 1st 2011 Deco Duck Experience
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- February 15th 2011 Vida de trabalhador em Napier !!
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- February 9th 2011 New Zealand
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- January 20th 2011 Estilo de vida
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- January 16th 2011 NZ natural speed bumps!
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- November 21st 2010 New Zealand
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- August 13th 2010 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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- April 23rd 2010 Happy Birthday Mum and Hurrah for St George!
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- February 5th 2010 New Zealand Part 12 - Napier
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