Marsden’s first Christmas

Samuel Marsden was one of the most influential Europeans in early New Zealand. He brought Christianity and agriculture to the Maori and tried to stop the sale of muskets to them and the trade in tattooed heads. Although he had become interested in Maori by 1805, the Boyd massacre at Whangaroa Harbour (above) in 1809 set European visits to New Zealand back by years. When Marsden eventually arrived here from Australia in 1814, he immediately visited Whangaroa to ascertain what really happened, and made peace among hostile local chiefs. He then continued to the Bay of Islands to preach the first sermon in the country on Christmas Day, 1814.



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Peace Flotilla




Down at the mall

Over the last 30 years shopping has gone from necessity to major recreation, and the venues in which we spend out money and time have changes also. Increasingly we shop in malls, such as the vast and splendid Botany Town Centre in Manukau City seen here, or suburban centres containing clusters of megastores.


Moruroa protest

In June 1995, the French government announced it would carry out eight final underground nuclear bomb tests at Moruroa atoll before ratifying the UN’s comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. The announcement provoked a storm of protest around the Pacific. Greenpeace sent ships to the island, protest marches and riots took place in Papeete (left), and a peace flotilla accompanied by the naval ship Tui headed to Moruroa from New Zealand. Marty Taylor sailed aboard Chimera and relives the protests of 10 years ago.



The small settlement of Whangamomona, buried in the hills of eastern Taranaki, declared itself a republic in 1989 and has since attained a sort of cult celebrity status. For Republic Day celebrations—held in summer every second year—thousands of visitors flock to the town, and are required to hand over $3 for a passport at border control points. Even those who arrive on the several special trains are required to fork out.

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