New Zealand

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Polynesian Maoris immigrated from the eastern Pacific before and during the 14th century. 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 the Maori chiefs ceded sovereignty to the British Crown and the islands became a British colony. Then followed a steady stream of British settlers.


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Further Reading

  1. Department of Statistics. New Zealand Official Yearbook, (not published every year).—Key Statistics: a monthly Abstract of Statistics.—Pocket Digest of Statistics. Statistics: a monthly Abstract of Statistics.—Pocket Digest of Statistics. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol 1 (to 1868). Wellington, 1990Google Scholar
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  4. Bush, G., Local Government and Politics in New Zealand. Sydney, 1980Google Scholar
  5. Grover, R. R., New Zealand. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1981Google Scholar
  6. Harland, B., On Our Own: New Zealand in a Tripolar World. Victoria Univ. Press, 1992Google Scholar
  7. Hawke, G. R., The Making of New Zealand: an Economic History. CUP, 1985Google Scholar
  8. Oliver, W. H. (ed.) The Oxford History of New Zealand. OUP, 1981Google Scholar
  9. Sinclair, K., A History of New Zealand. 2nd ed. London, 1980.Google Scholar
  10. —. (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand. 2nd ed. OUP, 1994Google Scholar
  11. For other more specialized titles see under Constitution and Government. Defence and International Realations, above.Google Scholar
  12. National statistical office: Department of Statistics, POB 2922, Wellington, 1.Google Scholar
  13. Local statistical office: Statistics Office, POB 125, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995

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