The 19th century saw New Zealand’s most frequent and lethal maritime disasters.
Part of story: Shipwrecks
The earthquakes that struck Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 are among the most significant events in New Zealand history. They have also caused enormous upheaval in the lives of the people who experienced them.
Part of story: Historic earthquakes
Population projections and ethnicity
Part of story: Ethnic inequalities
International developments in history and local concerns about identity heightened the move away from history as ‘past politics’ and emphasised ‘history from below’.
Part of story: History and historians
The migration of the 1870s was the most significant in New Zealand history.
Part of story: History of immigration
The stage races
Part of story: Cycle racing
The most numerous of New Zealand’s Middle Eastern immigrants were the Lebanese. They were called ‘the quiet immigrants’, because they worked hard to establish themselves.
Part of story: Middle Eastern peoples
The narrow islands of New Zealand did not appear on a world map until 1646, after Abel Tasman’s visit in 1642.
Part of story: Early mapping
The history of the Dalmatian people has brought changes to their name, and to their country.
Part of story: Dalmatians
When Malaysians and Singaporeans first came to New Zealand as students in the 1950s, few found the country lively enough to want to stay.
Part of story: Malaysians and Singaporeans
One 19th-century promoter of Italian immigration pointed out that New Zealand ‘bears a striking resemblance to … Italy, turned upside down with the foot end facing up’.
Part of story: Italians
Communities In the 20th century Polish settlement was predominantly urban, but before the 1940s there were no Polish immigrant associations.