New Zealand

history , culture , environment , animals , food

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history

Maoris were the first people to come and live in New Zealand. They arrived on the islands about 1,000 years ago. The Maoris oral history says that the Maoris came to the islands in seven canoes from other parts of Polynesia. In 1642, New Zealand was explored by a dutch navigator, Abel Tasman. a British captain named, James Cook made three voyages to the islands, the voyages began in, 1769. Britain took over the islands in, 1840.
The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook: Crash Course World History #27

culture

New Zealand is a very mutual-cultural country. Approximately 14% of the New Zealand population are indigenous Maori, 6% is pacific islanders and, 9% Asian. The white population (pakeha) come from the United Kingdom background.The primary religion of New Zealand is all black rugby union.Before a sporting event a version of the haka is performed, which is a generic term for Mari dance.

environment

New Zealand has 18,000km of cost line. The islands also has a land of mountains, lakes,and rivers, native forest, and farm lands. The country has all of these environments still because it was isolated for million of years. Since the country has so many green hills and valleys,all the hobbit movies were filmed there.

animals

There are a lot of animals on the island of New Zealand. Some of the animals native to New Zealand are, a few primitive frogs, two species of bats, a few reptiles, and many birds. A lot of New Zealand's animals and went extinct due to human settlement. When explorers came, they brought a lot of rodents and cats that would eat New Zealand's smaller animals. Also, humans would hunt down and kill these animals. Some extinct New Zealand birds include…

-Huia

-North Island Takahe

-The great Moa bird (my favorite)

-Karruku penguin

-New Zealand Wren

-Haast's Eagle

-South Island Kokako

-New Zealand Pelican

-Whekau (laughing owl)

An the list goes on and on...

NEW ZEALAND Wildlife

food

New Zealand's culture of food comes from there ancestor. The try to use as much surrounding food as possible such as lamb,and whitebait fritters

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by ~ siena and kyndaal