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||The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples.
The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.
4 million (July 2004 est.)
0-14 years: 866,000
|Our Ministry:||The work began in 1951 and now continues in the North and South Islands. Faithful volunteers and committees have led the work in some areas where there has been no local CEF workers.|
National Director: Mrs Pamela Brooking
PO Box 12056
Penrose, Auckland 1642
Mobile: 027 565 0467
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