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The isthmus was settled by Māori around 1350, and was valued for its rich and fertile land. Many pā (fortified villages) were created, mainly on the volcanic peaks. Māori population in the area is estimated to have been about 20,000 people before the arrival of Europeans. The introduction of firearms at the end of the eighteenth century, which began in Northland, upset the balance of power and led to devastating intertribal warfare beginning in 1807, causing iwi who lacked the new weapons to seek refuge in areas less exposed to coastal raids. As a result, the region had relatively low numbers of Māori when European settlement of New Zealand began. There is, however, nothing to suggest that this was the result of a deliberate European policy. On 27 January 1832, Joseph Brooks Weller, eldest of the Weller brothers of Otago and Sydney bought land including the sites of the modern cities of Auckland and North Shore and part of Rodney District for "one large cask of powder" from "Cohi Rangatira".
After the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840 the new Governor of New Zealand, William Hobson, chose the area as his new capital and named it after George Eden, Earl of Auckland then Viceroy of India. The land that Auckland was established on was given to the Governor by local Maori iwi Ngāti Whātua as a sign of goodwill and in the hope that the building of a city would attract commercial and political opportunities for the iwi. Auckland was officially declared New Zealand's capital in 1841 and the transfer of the administration from Russell (now Old Russell) in the Bay of Islands was completed in 1842. However, even in 1840 Port Nicholson (later Wellington) was seen as a better choice for an administrative capital because of its proximity to the South Island, and Wellington became the capital in 1865. After losing its status as capital Auckland remained the principal city of the Auckland Province until the provincial system was abolished in 1876.
In response to the ongoing rebellion by Hone Heke in the mid-1840s the government encouraged retired but fit British soldiers and their families to migrate to Auckland to form a defence line around the port settlement as garrison soldiers. By the time the first Fencibles arrived in 1848 the rebels in the north had been defeated so the outlying defensive towns were constructed to the south stretching in a line from the port village of Onehunga in the West to Howick in the east. Each of the four settlements had about 800 settlers, the men being fully armed in case of emergency but spent nearly all their time breaking in the land and establishing roads.
In the early 1860s Auckland became a base against the Māori King Movement. This, and continued road building towards the south into the Waikato, enabled Pākehā (European New Zealanders) influence to spread from Auckland. Its population grew fairly rapidly, from 1,500 in 1841 to 12,423 by 1864. The growth occurred similarly to other mercantile-dominated cities, mainly around the port and with problems of overcrowding and pollution. Auckland had a far greater population of ex soldiers, many of whom were Irish, than other settlements. About 50% of the population was Irish which contrasted heavily with the majority English settlers in Wellington, Christchurch or New Plymouth. Most of the Irish, though not all, were from Protestant Ulster. The majority of settlers in the early period were assisted by receiving a cheap passage to New Zealand.
Lions manager John Spencer abused and attacked by drunk NZ fan in Auckland - ...
22 Jun 2017 at 4:16pm
Stuff.co.nzLions manager John Spencer abused and attacked by drunk NZ fan in AucklandTVNZ
"Despite the incident, Mr Spencer has spoken of the very warm and hospitable welcome he and the touring group have continued to receive so far from the rest of New Zealand
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Two Auckland high-rises found to have combustible cladding - Radio New Zealand
22 Jun 2017 at 3:42pm
Radio New ZealandTwo Auckland high-rises found to have combustible claddingRadio New Zealand
Of New Zealand's
three biggest cities, only Auckland
has investigated to see if buildings there use similar cladding. Last week it said it had detected no inappropriate use. But it said yesterday it had now found two buildings over 25m high with PE panels.Auckland
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Chilly, wet weather rolling in to Auckland along with Lions army - New Zealan...
23 Jun 2017 at 2:00pm
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No part of the country will escape unscathed, including Auckland
where bars are bracing themselves for one of the busiest nights of the year as Lions and All Blacks fans alike descend on the city. MetService meteorologist Sarah Haddon said showers ...
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Hello and welcome to live updates of the New Zealand Warriors hosting the Canterbury Bulldogs at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland
, New Zealand
. We bring you live streaming written commentary, video highlights (be sure to refresh your browser) and all ...Shaun Johnson stars as New Zealand
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22 Jun 2017 at 11:00am
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All Blacks great John Kirwan believes NZ
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New Zealand counting down to World League Final in Auckland - New Zealand Herald
19 Jun 2017 at 3:44pm
New Zealand counting down to World League Final in AucklandNew Zealand Herald
Theres now less than six months until the worlds top eight womens teams hit our shores for the FIH Womens World League Final. The fast paced and action-packed tournament will be hosted at the North Harbour Hockey Stadium in Auckland
from 17-26 ...
Auckland: New Zealand's city of 50 volcanoes - CNN
12 Jun 2017 at 5:22pm
CNNAuckland: New Zealand's city of 50 volcanoesCNN
(CNN) ? Sprawling between both coasts of the North Island, New Zealand's
largest city is known as the "city of sails" for the yachts that occupy its harbors. But Auckland
could just as easily be dubbed the "city of lava" for the approximately 50 ...
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22 Jun 2017 at 6:33pm
Stuff.co.nzActor Nathan Fillion to come to Auckland Armageddon 2017Stuff.co.nz
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, it has been announced. Best known for his role as Richard Castle on hit-show Castle, the actor will be in Auckland
on October ...and more »