237.131 Week 5 Blog Task:

In 1839, A plan was made by Europeans to travel to New Zealand and create a “great future colony in an abundant and temperate environment.” (179, Belich, James) Peaceful conquest of the Maori was promised and European type laws and government would be set in place once a treaty had been signed. Some questions arose regarding whether migration to NZ was a good idea but plans went through anyway. The British believe full sovereignty of New Zealand was agreed in 1840 although there were some miscommunications through translation. Settlers worked from 1840-1860 to create a New New Zealand under European rule and abiding by European laws. There were many issues for Maori communities after the arrival of The Europeans and quality of life plummeted for the New Zealand natives. Although peaceful conquest was promised, what they received was somewhat opposite.

Dick Whytes lecture spoke about the mapping of New Zealand and this was a European technique. Places in NZ were given English names although they already had names. This was another attempt to overtake Maori authority. The names New Zealand and Aotearoa were later introduced after British colonisation. New Zealand became a country so that Europeans could legally take over governorship. After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, the Maori flag was immediately replaced with the union jack which doesn’t include Maori culture at all.

Works Cited:

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Empire?”. Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century. Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001. 

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