- Māori were the first to arrive to New Zealand 1,000 years ago.
- Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the country.
- It was the British who made New Zealand part of their empire.
- In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. This agreement established British law in New Zealand.
- Years later, captain James Cook came in 1769 on the first of three voyages.
- William Hobson was the very first governor of New Zealand.
- -New Zealand has temperate climate. Most of the country is close to the coast therefore they have mild temperatures, rainfall, and abundant sunshine.
- -It has a lot of grassland.
- Some of the original inhabitants died out, coconuts palm trees used to be found in New Zealand.
- High mountains cause huge variation in rainfall.
- Summer temperatures can be high as 104F degrees.Winter temperatures can be as low as 14F degrees.
- New Zealand's climate is very similar to England.
Politics of Today:
- New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy
- Queen Elizabeth II as the queen of New Zealand.
- Political power is held by the democratically-elected parliament of New Zealand.
- There is no written constitution
- Members of the executive council are also required to be members of the parliament
- The current prime minister in John Key
- New Zealand has substantial hydroelectric power.
- Agricultural exports include meat, dairy products, forest products,fruit and vegetables.
- Economic development in the past few years has been built of markets and free trades.
- Revenues are $82.63 billion.
- They adopted the tropically based east Polynesian culture
- In New Zealand they celebrate the Queen's Birthday on June 1st.
- The Maori decorated the white wood of buildings, canoes and more using a mixture of red ocher and shark fat.
- Their tattoos were done with a bone uhi (chisel).
- People in New Zealand listen to a lot of western music.
- New Zealand people eat a variety of ethnic foods. A traditional method used by the Maori people is called a Hangi.
- New Zealander's are open to any competitive sport.
- They have their own professional Rugby team.
- Football is also a sport most people play in New Zealand. It's said to be the sport most played compared to any other sport.
- The most popular woman sport id Netball.
- New Zealand people do a lot of beach stuff like fishing, sailing, rowing and more.
- Also they do a lot of hiking and snow sports since there are lots of mountains in New Zealand.
- Most children start school when they turn five.
- Primary school is from ages five to age twleve.
- There are three types of schools in New Zealand, private schools, state schools and state integrated schools.
- School starts at 9 am and runs through 3 pm or sometimes even 3:30 pm.
- Discipline in school in New Zealand is the same as in the US, they tend to give more work or after school detention.
- Curriculum in primary schools set out a plan of study that will balance out and provide a strong foundation.
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