New Zealand

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTOR. The first European to discover New Zealand was Tasman in 1642. The coast was explored by Capt. Cook in 1769. From about 1800 onwards, New Zealand became a resort for whalers and traders, chiefly from Australia. By the Treaty of Waitangi, in 1840, between Governor William Hobson and the representatives of the Maori race, the Maori chiefs ceded the sovereignty to the British Crown and the islands became a British colony. Then followed a steady stream of British settlers.


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  1. STATISTICAL INFORMATION The central Statistical office for New Zealand is the Department of Statistics (Wellington, 1).Google Scholar
  2. The beginning of a statistical service may be seen in the eariy ‘Blue books’ prepared annually from 1840 onwards under the direction of the Colonial Secretary, and designed primarily for the information of the Colonial Office in England. A permanent statistical authority was created in 1858. The Department of Statistics functions under the Statistics Act 1975 and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Statistics. A comprehensive statistical service has been developed to meet national requirements, and close control is maintained with the United Nations Statistical Office and other international statistical organizations; through the Conference of Asian Statisticians assistance is being given with the development of statistics in the region.Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1976

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