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    The first immigrants

    Settlement policy In the 19th century, New Zealand’s settlement policy aimed to create a ‘fairer Britain of the South Seas’. Non-white migrants were regarded as undesirable in this nation-building enterprise. At least one Chinese man settled in the decade ...

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    An evolving culture

    The ‘Asian experience’ For many non-Chinese New Zealanders, interacting with the local Chinese is often their first Asian experience, whether it be sampling dim-sims, joining a t’ai-chi (taiji) class, or watching a lion-dance during Chinese New Year. The ...

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    Restricting drugs, 1866 to 1965

    cannabis was made exempt from customs duty. Anzacs and drugs A number of soldiers training in Cairo during ...

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    Early contacts with Asia

    Trade and culture New Zealand has had important links with Asia since the early decades of European contact. Before it became a British colony, New Zealand was part of the British Empire’s network of trading posts, and connected to Asian ports and trade r ...

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    Early 20th-century fears

    Before the 1970s most New Zealanders regarded Asia as an alien region whose large populations threatened to swamp relatively empty Australasia. This fear was reflected in racist immigration laws. In 1881 New Zealand followed the Australian colonies, Canad ...

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    Land and plants

    Geology All New Zealand’s subantarctic islands are parts of the Campbell Plateau, a shallow section of the Zealandia continent extending south and east of New Zealand. The Auckland, Campbell and Antipodes islands are primarily of recent volcanic origin. T ...

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    Fauna

    Insects There are over 200 insect species on each of the Auckland and Campbell islands. About a third are endemic, with especially high numbers of beetles and moths. Many insects are smaller than in New Zealand and a high proportion are flightless. Abunda ...

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    Early human settlement

    The story of human settlement on the subantarctic islands is a tale of dreams blighted by the realities of climate and soil. Polynesians The first people to arrive appear to have been Polynesian. Investigations in 1998 and 2003 discovered ovens and midden ...

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    The Enderby settlement

    Explorers The end of sealing left the subantarctic islands to the birds, who were disturbed only by occasional voyages of exploration and scientific observation from the northern hemisphere. Islands of optimism After visiting the Auckland Islands, Benjami ...

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    State-sector buildings

    The state sector is made up of government departments and other Crown entities. Throughout New Zealand’s history, the number and function of public buildings have fluctuated as the state sector has grown or shrunk. Under the expansionist first Labour gove ...

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