Introducing food plants Early European explorers introduced a wide range of plants. In December 1769, French explorer Captain Jean François Marie de Surville left wheat, peas, and rice in New
Part of story: Kai Pākehā – introduced foods
Caves are an integral part of limestone country. Sometimes they are too narrow for humans to enter, or access is blocked by soil. In the few million years that New Zealand carbonate
Part of story: Limestone country
Tāneatua Tāneatua was a tohunga on the
Part of story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration
After discovering New Zealand in 1642, the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman set sail, never to return.
Part of story: Dutch
Into the Urewera Much of the East Coast of the North Island was explored by William Colenso. A Cornish layman, he arrived at the Paihia
Part of story: European exploration
In 2570 BCE the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt was completed. But the remote islands of New Zealand lay empty of human history. From around 1000 BCE the Lapita people spread into West Polynesia.
Part of story: When was New Zealand first settled?
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