Immigration Policies and their Impact on New Zealand Society
1.0 THE COLONIAL PAST
1.1 New Zealand was undoubtedly the last country in the world to be settled by humanity. The Maori people, the tangata whenua arrived from the central South Pacific, probably during the 13th and 14th centuries (see King (see below at 2.5): pages 46-47). European settlers arrived only during the 19th century.