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First posted on November 21st 2004






Timeline : New Zealand


800-1350 A.D.
1642
1644-1647
1769
1790
1806
1810
1814
1818-1833
1835
1837
1839

1840
1840
1841
1843-1872
1863
1867
1870
1879
1890
1891

1892
1893
1898
1899-1902
1899
1901
1907
1914
1914-1918
1914
1916
1919
1920

1931
1935
1939-1941
1942-1945
1945
1947
1948
1950-1953
1951
1954
1961
1962
1965
1965-1971
1967
1974
1985
1985

1987
1999
Maori settlement of Aoteroa
Dutch navigator Abel Tasman visited Aoteroa
First Maps shiowing "Zeelandia Nova" printed in NL
British navigator James Cook circumnavigated islands
Maori suffer first introduced epidemic
First European women arrived; whites settled scattered all over the islands
Arrival of British, American whalers
First missionary arrived
Inter-tribal wars (Musket Wars)
United Tribes of New Zealnd declared independence
Briton Edward Gibbon Wakefield founded "New Zealand Association"
First British organized settlement on New Zealand by "New Zealand Company";
administratively under New South Wales
Treaty of Waitangi as signed
Arrival of French settlers
Colony of New Zealand separated from New South Wales
Land Wars
First team railay in NZ began operation
4 Maori seats in NZ parliament
Last British forces left; New Zealand armed forces formed
Universal adult manhood suffrage over age of 21 introduced
First election held on one man-one vote basis
Women's Franchise League, campaigning for women's suffrage in nationl elections,
founded by Kate Sheppard
Maori parliament (Kotahitanga Parliament) established
Women granted voting right
Old age pensions introduced
New Zealanders participated in the Boer War
New Zealand introduced the 8-hour workday; Labour Day (May 1st) declared public holiday
Cook Islands annexed by New Zealand
New Zealand granted status of Dominion within British Empire
ANZAC established
ANZAC regiments fought in WW I, in Gallipoli, Palestine etc.
New Zealand forces occupied German colont of Western Samoa
Labour Party founded
Women became eligible for parliament
League of Nations granted Western Samoa to New Zealand, Nauru jointly to
Australia, Nw Zealand and Britain, as mandates
New Zealand granted full autonomy
First labour government formed
WW II : War against Germany, ANZAC forces fought at El Alamein
WW II : War against Germany and Japan; U.S. forces stationed in New Zealand
New Zealand joined U.N.
Tokelau Islands annexed by New Zealand
New Zealand proclaimed independence
New Zealand forces served in Korean War
ANZUS Pact signed (Australia, New Zealand, U.S.), for mutual defense
SEATO Pact signed; New Zealand joined
NZ abolished capital punishment
Western Samoa released into independence
Self Government introduced on Cook Islands
New Zealand forces fought in Vietnam
Currency reform; New Zealand Dollar introduced; curency placed on decimal footing
Self Government introduced on Niue
New Zealand adopted policy of campaigning for non-nuclear South Pacific
French secret agents blew up "Rainbow Warrior", vessel owned by Greenpeace, in the
port of Auckland
Maori made official language, in addition to English
New Zealand participated in peacekeeping force dispatched to East Timor




EXTERNAL
FILES
History of New Zealand, from Lonely Planet
New Zealand in History, from History NZ
Timeline of New Zealand History, from History NZ (until 1900); from BBC News
Timeline New Zealand Politics, from Christchurch Library