The Local Auckland, New Zealand Area
There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Auckland!.
Here's a short breakdown from Wikipedia:
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.
Local Auckland, New Zealand Area News
Auckland Council dismisses Peters' housing claim - Radio New Zealand
22 Aug 2017 at 7:21pm
Radio New ZealandAuckland Council dismisses Peters' housing claimRadio New Zealand
"The sale of these properties provided Housing New Zealand
with funds that have been reinvested in acquiring, building and improving social housing in other parts of Auckland
, such as Three Kings, where Housing New Zealand
built a 22-unit complex.".and more »
Immigration and tourism lift Auckland Airport profit - Radio New Zealand
22 Aug 2017 at 3:57pm
Radio New ZealandImmigration and tourism lift Auckland Airport profitRadio New Zealand
Airport remained focused on its customers during the 2017 financial year, ensuring their journeys through the airport are fast and efficient and they have a range of options when parking, shopping or staying here." He said the airport's new ...
Auckland International Airport wants to become one of the best in ...Stuff.co.nzAuckland International Airport Lifts Profit, Dividend Sharply | Fox ...Fox BusinessAuckland
Airport working on transport solutions as traffic shows no sign of easingNew Zealand HeraldScoop.co.nz (press release)all 10 news articles »
Winston Peters accused of 'race-baiting' attack on Chinese air crew - New Zea...
22 Aug 2017 at 2:58am
Winston Peters accused of 'race-baiting' attack on Chinese air crewNew Zealand HeraldNew Zealand
First leader Winston Peters is being accused of "race-baiting" over an attack on Chinese airline crew moving into a former special housing area that was designed to help solve Auckland's
housing crisis. In a statement headed "Mt Albert ...and more »
How a solo mum of four purchased a home in Auckland - NZ Herald - New Zealand...
20 Aug 2017 at 4:55pm
How a solo mum of four purchased a home in Auckland - NZ HeraldNew Zealand Herald
Jackie Harrison struggled with housing costs until she got assistance from a community housing organisation. Photo / Jason Oxenham. NZ Herald. Share via ...and more »
Auckland businessman Paul Davys pulls out of New Zealand Warriors purchase - ...
22 Aug 2017 at 8:38pm
NewshubAuckland businessman Paul Davys pulls out of New Zealand Warriors purchaseNewshub
Davys had been in talks with current owner Eric Watson and today told Newshub he has pulled out of negotiations. 'I'm in no rush to sell the Warriors' - Eric Watson · New Zealand
Warriors set to be sold. "I have withdrawn my interest due to a confusing ...and more »
'Highly successful' Auckland housing scheme offers hope - M?ori ... - Radio N...
22 Aug 2017 at 2:35pm
Radio New Zealand'Highly successful' Auckland housing scheme offers hope - M?ori ...Radio New Zealand
A group representing M?ori interests in the city wants a bigger push to build good-quality affordable housing, and says Waimahia shows the way to do it.and more »
Cat ban in new East Auckland subdivison - Waikato Times
22 Aug 2017 at 3:15pm
Cat ban in new East Auckland subdivisonWaikato Times
Forest and Bird campaigned to have the consent application publicly notified as the estuary is home to nesting birds including the endangered New Zealand
dotterel and oystercatchers. A post on the organisation's Facebook page attracted more than 100 ...
Leaving Auckland airport's traffic woes out of $10.5b transport package 'shoc...
22 Aug 2017 at 5:46pm
Manawatu StandardLeaving Auckland airport's traffic woes out of $10.5b transport package 'shocking'Manawatu Standard
The recently published updated Auckland
Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) said that construction of 20B is unlikely to occur before 2021. "That's too late and unacceptable," said Barnett. "[This] is a project that will benefit the NZ
economy, not just ...and more »
Air New Zealand reports decline in full year profit - Australian Aviation
22 Aug 2017 at 4:41pm
Australian AviationAir New Zealand reports decline in full year profitAustralian Aviation
However, in recent times there are signs some carriers are pulling back from the New Zealand
market ? Emirates has ended its Airbus A380 Sydney-Auckland
tag flights, American and United have switched their year-round nonstop flights to Auckland
from ...and more »
Auckland beard grower to 'face off' at world champs - Stuff.co.nz
22 Aug 2017 at 7:53pm
Stuff.co.nzAuckland beard grower to 'face off' at world champsStuff.co.nz
This time around he will be travelling with a team of four representing New Zealand
, featuring men from Auckland
, Tauranga and Christchurch. "There are going to be at least 50, 60 or plus competing in my category, and getting into the top three would ...and more »
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