History of New Zealand

Can you answer these questions from New Zealand history?
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Last updated: July 6, 2020
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The Polynesian people settled in the New Zealand between 1250-1300 and developed a
distinctive culture. Who did they become?
The population of what animal reached a peak of 70 million in 1982?
Who was the first European explorer to reach New Zealand in 1642?
Abel Tasman
Which captain circumnavigated and mapped New Zealand for the first time in 1769?
James Cook
What treaty was signed in 1840 in the Bay of Islands and was the first attempt from the
British to establish colonies in New Zealand?
Treaty of Waitangi
Which New Zealand city was devastated by an earthquake in 2011?
What type of gigantic flightless bird was hunted to extinction around 1400 AD?
What famous film trilogy was mainly filmed in New Zealand between 1999-2003?
The Lord of the Rings
Who was the director of the above throughout the triology?
Peter Jackson
What mountain climber, alongside Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, became the first
to have reached the summit of Mount Everest?
Edmund Hillary
What city did Wellington replace as the national capital of New Zealand in 1865?
New Zealand became the first country in the world to allow what group to vote in 1893?
The Oruanui eruption of what volcano was the most recent supereruption in the world?
Taupo Volcano
What Polynesian god has supposedly pulled the North Island out of the sea
with his legendary fishing hook?
What New Zealand physicist came to be known as the father of nuclear physics?
Ernest Rutherford
What city is considered to be the first established incorporated city in New Zealand?
What political parties has dominated New Zealand politics since the independence?
Who is regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby union?
Jonah Lomu
In which region did a gold rush occur during the 1860s?
What New Zealand actor won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2001?
Russell Crowe
What New Zealand singer won the "Song of the Year" category of Grammy Awards
for her song "Royals" in 2014?
Level 76
Feb 24, 2020
Nelson (in 1858) became a city before Dunedin (in 1865).
Level 73
Feb 25, 2020
Didn't factcheck that one. Fixed it now.
Level 55
Apr 12, 2023
Not sure that knowing the director of the lotr trilogy should be considered "New Zealand trivia"...
Level 76
Sep 28, 2023
How is a question about a New Zealander who directed a movie in New Zealand not New Zealand trivia?