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0px ‘Times New Roman’; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre}History The story of New Zealand starts with the arrival of Its first habitant, the Maori people, who came from Polynesia between 1200 and 1300 AD (https://www.newzealandnow.govt.

nz/living-in-nz/history-government/a-brief-history). They discovered New Zealand as they explored the Pacific, navigating by ocean currents and the winds and stars. Aotearoa, the Land Of The Long White Cloud, was the name given to the island country by the ancestors of the Maori.

 New Zealand is a country with no apparent borders with no other nations., with its nearest neighbor, Australia, which lies more than 1600 km away. Thats not surprising since New Zealand is a remote land in the Pacific Ocean, composed of two islands: The North Island and the South Island and a few group of small islands. New Zealand was the largest country in Polynesia when it was annexed by Great Britain in 1840. Since the early 20th century, the country has been engaging in international affairs, being an active member of a number of intergovernmental institutions, including the United Nations despite New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world. It has also participated in several wars, including World Wars I and II. New Zealand Society New Zealand’s society is divided into two main groups—the indigenous Maori of Polynesian heritage and the colonizers and later immigrants from Great Britain and their descendants. New Zealand is nominally Christian, with Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian denominations being the largest.

Other Protestant sects and Maori adaptations of Christianity account for nearly all of the rest, although more than one-third of the population does not claim any religious affiliation. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism have small but growing numbers of adherents. There is no established (official) religion, but Anglican cathedrals are generally used for state occasions.  Contemporary New Zealand has a majority of people of European origin, a significant minority of Maori, and smaller numbers of people from Pacific islandsand Asia.

In the early 21st century, AsEuropeans began to settle in New Zealand in the 1820s. They arrived in increasing numbers after the country was annexed by Great Britain following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. By the late 1850s settlers outnumbered Maori, and in 1900 there were some 772,000 Europeans, most of whom were New Zealand-born.

Although the overwhelming majority of immigrants were of British extraction, other Europeans came as well, notably from Scandinavia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the Balkans. Groups of central Europeans came between World Wars I and II, and a large body of Dutch immigrants arrived after World War II. Since the 1950s there has been a growing community of Pacific island peoples from Samoa (formerly Western Samoa), the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau. Although Chinese and Indian immigrants have long settled in New Zealand, since the 1990s there has been a large growth in migration from Asia.

Arrival of Europeans


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