Between the years, 1200 and 1300, Māoris traveled from eastern Polynesia, to the country New Zealand.
They brought their culture, their spirituality, their love and beliefs to New Zealand. They made New Zealand their home for years and years.
Am starting to like it here now
The Māoris settled on New Zealand nicely and found it as their new home and loved living on it.
It's so nice and peaceful here
The Europeans, mostly British began to arrive on our shores in the early 1800s as sealers, whalers, traders, timber merchants and missionaries.
Am so glad that we are setting in New Zealand
After the problems occured, 13 brave chiefs wrote a invitation to the King of England( William the IV) to ask for protection from: foreign threats, the threat of other tribes, the bad behaviour of British visitors/settlers. Also for the King to be a friend and guardian to them as well as have a trade deal.
We need to ask the King for help
Yes we do, let's send him a letter
Go to New Zealand and act as a go between
The King agreed and sent a British resident to New Zealand to act as a go between. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly until 1835 when two incidents occurred that made Britain decide to convince the Maori Chiefs to sign a Declaration of Independence, to protect Maori.
Yes, Your Highness
One of the problems was the 'Rescuing of Betty Guard when she and his husband went to Sydney, for a holiday. They clashed with Maori tribe and 12 crew are killed. Guard was attacked with a tomahawk twice, but was saved by her strong comb in her hair.
Another problem was the 'deThierry Affair' when Baron de Thierry bought 40.000 acres of land in the Hokianga for the price of 36 axes. It became debatable later on as to whether the Māori truly understood the concept of the document they were signing.