History of New Zealand

New Zealand is said to have been one among the last corners of the globe to have been occupied by human beings. The Maori were the first to arrive in this land during 950 AD. They actually arrived on the northern part of the North Island.

However, it is also said that some other Polynesian people might also have settled here. Abel Janszoon Tasman was the first Dutch Sailor to have seen New Zealand in the year 1642.

There is also evidence of Portuguese and Spanish caravels visiting the North Island in an earlier stage. This country gained territory status within the British Empire in the year 1907 and was also granted independence by the decree of Westminster in the year 1947.

New Zealand involved in the Great War of 1914-1918 and this became a big boost to the export trade of the nation. New Zealand armed forces of today are said to play a vital role in peace keeping with UN peace keeping forces.