Story: Nation and government

The long white cloud Ao-tea-roa

The long white cloud Ao-tea-roa

In 1898 the politician William Pember Reeves wrote an influential history of New Zealand, or Aotearoa, as Māori called it. This name refers to the cloud formations which helped early Polynesian navigators find the country.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - Nationhood and identity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/2573/the-long-white-cloud-ao-tea-roa (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by John Wilson, updated 16 Sep 2016