New Zealand: History
Abel Tasman, a Dutch navigator, visits New Zealand. It is the first recorded European sighting of New Zealand.
The United Kingdom establishes a British sovereignty through the Treaty of Waitangi, which is signed that year with Maori chiefs.
The New Zealand Wars, also referred to as the Land Wars, begin. The Maori put up a determined resistance to the British, but are eventually defeated in 1872.
New Zealand becomes the first country to allow women to vote in national elections.
Improved transportation facilities make possible a great overseas trade in wool, meat, and dairy products.
New Zealand gains full independence from Britain.
The Australia, New Zealand, United States (ANZUS) Security Treaty is signed.
Prime Minister David Lange begins radical economic reforms.
French secret service agents blow up Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbor, one person is killed. Western countries' apathy toward the attack leads New Zealand to distance itself from Western alliances and build relationships with its Pacific neighbors.
New Zealand and China begin talks on a potentially lucrative free trade agreement.
New Zealand's economy shrinks for the fifth consecutive quarter, making it officially the longest recession in the country's history.
Because of a dispute over foreign ownership of agricultural land, the High Court blocks sale of dairy farms to a Chinese consortium.