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Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana, of Ngāti Apa and Ngā Rauru, founded the Rātana Church, which remains a major religious and political force today
On the evening of 18 December Abel Tasman and his men had the first known European encounter with Māori. Although this initial meeting was peaceful, misunderstanding and fear soon led to violence.
European explorers - exploration of New ZealandOverview - a frontier of chaos?Abel Tasman memorial, Golden BayAbel Tasman
21 April 1961 First Golden Shears competition
22 April 1936 Rātana and Labour seal alliance
23 April 1983 Prince William meets 'buzzy bee'
24 April 1922 New Zealand's first poppy day
25 April 1915 NZ troops land at Gallipoli
26 April 1943 NZ ship torpedoed in Tasman
27 April 1806 Moehanga becomes first Māori to visit England