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I Introduction Its called the land of the long white cloud and scientists say that this beautiful place was created millions of years ago by a huge nearly unimaginable earthquake caused by the movement of large plates of the Earths crust The Maoris who represent the original inhabitants in contrast are convinced that this was the heroic deed of a fish New Zealand seems to be a country where not only continental-plates but also whole worlds and cultures collide New Zealand was the largest country of Polynesia before it was annexed by the British in 1840 By the 1920s the British still controlled internal and external policies of the country although it didnt become fully independent until 1947 So far New Zealand is still an independent member of the Commonwealth Behind New Zealands spectacular landscape lies an issue unresolved for 160 years About 95 of the land is owned by the descendants of white settlers while the native people have become rare New Zealand has always prided itself on good race relations but the battle for equal rights for the minority Maoris is steadily heating upThe following text will give an overview of New Zealands history Furthermore the difficult situation of the Maoris within New Zealands society will be mentioned II History No precise archaeological records exist of when and from where the first human inhabitants of New Zealand came but it is generally agreed that Polynesians from eastern Polynesia in the central Pacific reached New Zealand more than 1000 years ago Bergmann P 1993 New Zealand In The new encyclopedia Britannica Vol 24 pp 916-930 Chicago Encyclopedia Britannica Others believed that the Polynesian navigator Kupe was the first man to sight New Zealand around AD 950 and then returned home to tell his tribe of the findings About 400 years later seven great migratory canoes sailed from Hawaiki to New Zealand They called the island Aotearoa which means
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