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These conflicts, mainly in the North Island, saw thousands of Imperial troops and the Royal Navy come to New Zealand and became known as the New Zealand Wars.Following these armed conflicts, large amounts of Māori land was confiscated by the government to meet settler demands.This set the names as North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island or Te Waipounamu.The Māori people are most likely descended from people who emigrated from Taiwan to Melanesia and then travelled east through to the Society Islands.Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life.Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the prime minister, currently Jacinda Ardern.
The Moriori population was all but wiped out between 18, largely because of Taranaki Māori invasion and enslavement in the 1830s, although European diseases also contributed.In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands.In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire and in 1907 it became a dominion; it gained full statutory independence in 1947 and the British monarch remained the head of state.) is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui), and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands.In 1862 only 101 survived, and the last known full-blooded Moriori died in 1933.