In 1840, representatives of Britain and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands.
The history of New Zealand dates back at least 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture centred on kinship links and land.
With a view to reuniting the people of the Canterbury region, completion has been set for April of this year and it’s already drawing international attention.
The Sydney Morning Herald has listed it in the top ten new international attractions for 2013, a list which includes the new Shard Building in London.
In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and various Māori chiefs, bringing New Zealand into the British Empire and giving Māori "equal rights" with British citizens.
The 21-year-old New Zealand woman spent three years living as a boy under the name 'Zane', but realised she had made a mistake transitioning at the age of 18 as she didn't feel 'right' as a male.
Ms Cooper stopped taking her testosterone pills and made another metamorphic decision to revert back to her original gender by 'detransitioning'.
The first European explorer to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642.
was the first European explorer to circumnavigate and map New Zealand.