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By Philippa Mein Smith

ISBN-10: 1107598915

ISBN-13: 9781107598911

New Zealand used to be the final significant landmass, except Antarctica, to be settled by way of people. the tale of this rugged and dynamic land is fantastically narrated, from its origins in Gondwana a few eighty million years in the past to the twenty-first century. Philippa Mein Smith highlights the results of the country's smallness and isolation, from its overdue payment through Polynesian voyagers and colonisation through Europeans and the exchanges that made those humans Maori and Pakeha to the dramatic struggles over land and up to date efforts to control worldwide forces.

A Concise background of latest Zealand areas New Zealand in its international and neighborhood context. It unravels key moments the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Anzac touchdown at Gallipoli, the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior displaying their function as nation-building myths and connecting them with the fewer dramatic forces, fiscal and social, that experience formed modern New Zealand.

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His maps and journals recording the land’s and the sea’s resources in timber, flax and sealife precipitated the process that led to British colonisation. The knowledge which he, the botanist Joseph Banks and ships’ artists assembled still informs international scholarship and general understanding of what New Zealand was like in the eighteenth century. Ostensibly subsequent British settlement, more than his voyages, determined Cook as the founding ancestor, because settlement from Britain allowed New Zealanders (and Australians) to look back to the Endeavour voyage of 1769–70 as the opening chapter of their founding stories.

Eventually Paikea reached home, and later migrated to New Zealand. Similar stories about Paikea are told in the South Island by Ngai Tahu, who have kin links to Ngati Porou. Most recently the story of the whale rider has been retold by Witi Ihimaera, who is from the East Coast, in his novel Whale Rider and in the subsequent internationally acclaimed film. Along the generations, such myths became history. a european search for origins Problematically, Europeans imposed their frameworks on traditional stories.

The Maori response was pragmatic. If the visitors launched unauthorised assaults on their resources, they were attacked. If they were useful in trade, becoming friends, they were found wives. In the process, their children acquired Maori genealogies, particularly around Foveaux Strait, where Ngai Tahu incorporated select sealers and whalers into their communities. 3 Lieutenant George F. Dashwood, Maoris, 1832, Sydney, bow of ship with men working on deck: two are wearing top hats while the carved prow shows a European influence; wash drawing from the albums of Lt George Dashwood intermarried with whalers who established shore whaling stations from the late 1820s, as part of a defence strategy against northern encroachment.

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