Life in early New Zealand
Storyboard describing life in early New Zealand
This is a Maori Country. The Maori population is 115,000 and the 2000 Europeans are around the coast
The local Maori depend on the seals to live and survive
Since the late 1800's us sealers have sailed across from Australia to hunt for their oil and fur
NZ's east coast is on the whale migration path to feeding grounds in the Antarctic so whaler joined sealers in the shelter in the bays
Whalers arrived at the Bay of Islands round 1800 and they were soon followed by traders buying flax to make rope, this is where Maori ad their first taste of money and economy
The first missionaries from England began arriving spreading Christianity
Early contact between Maori and Europeans was generally friendly
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