History & government
New Zealand has a fascinating if relatively short history. For millennia it lay totally undiscovered until ancestors of the Māori arrived.
They in turn were undisturbed for around 500 years when Europeans first began taking an interest.
There’s a faint possibility we might have been colonised by the French, but the British beat them to it. Modern New Zealand has inherited much from its UK settlers – our language, democratic institutions, legal system and more.
While New Zealand used to be known as a ’little Britain’, it’s matured and established its own identity – one with a strong focus on its neighbours in the Pacific and Asia.