New Zealand by Year

What events in New Zealand are associated with the following years?
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Last updated: November 21, 2018
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1642
the first European to sight New Zealand
Abel Tasman
1769
the first European to land in New Zealand
James Cook
1814
this missionary gives the first Christmas service, on a Bay of Islands beach
Samuel Marsden
1840
this treaty, between Britain and NZ's Maori, is signed
Treaty of Waitangi
1840
the British governor who signed
William Hobson
1840
the first Maori chief, of 540 who eventually signed
Hone Heke
1853
the first of these, now held every three years, was held
national election
1858
Potatau I becomes the first of these
Maori king
1859
gold is discovered in this South Island river
Buller
1862
first telegraph line, connecting Christchurch to this nearby town, is opened
Lyttelton
1863
HMS Orpheus sinks in this harbour, killing 189
Manukau
1864
the Dobson brothers are the first Europeans to cross this alpine pass
Arthur's Pass
1865
the national capital moves from Auckland to this place
Wellington
1881
the Government sends in 1600 troops to shut down this Maori Taranaki settlement
Parihaka
1883
this Maori leader and guerilla fighter is pardoned
Te Kooti
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