This topic explores the first meetings between Polynesians cultures (particularly Māori) and European explorers. The resulting cultural interactions had a profound impact on indigenous societies and also defined the New Zealand/Aotearoa of today. SCIS no: 1894561
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First encounters (New Zealand)
2019 marked 250 years since the first meeting between Māori and the Europeans. This happened when James Cook, on...
Māori first arrived on the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand over 700 years ago (estimates range from 1250 to 1300 AD)....
Early settlers (New Zealand)
European settlers began to arrive in New Zealand from 1769. Find out how they arrived, where they came from, what...