~1300: The first inhabitants of New Zealand, the Maori, arrive from other parts of Polynesia
1642: Dutch explorer Abel Tasman becomes the first European to reach New Zealand
1769: British captain James Cook makes his first visit to New Zealand
1845-72: The Land Wars between the Maoris and European settlers
1893: New Zealand becomes world's first country to give women the vote.
1947: New Zealand gains independence from Great Britain
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