New Zealand History

New Zealand History:
Polynesian settlers arrived in Aotearoa / New Zealand about the 10th Century, and by the 12th Century settlements were scattered around the coastline. Aotearoa was visited briefly by the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman in 1642. However, it was not until 1769 that the British naval captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to explore New Zealand's coastline thoroughly.3 New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote, a battle lead by Kate Sheppard in the 1890's; and it gained it's independence from Great Britain in 1907. During the 1980's free market economic reform led to the creation of todays modern New Zealand.