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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is building a comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
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Whats the story

The encyclopedia contains over 700 stories arranged into sections

Government and Nation

Government and Nation
Politics, government and national identity...

Social Connections

Social Connections
Families, community organisations, religion, crime, health...

Economy and the City

Economy and the City
The economy, business, labour force, transport, urban life...

The Bush

The Bush
The land, plants, animals, forests, birds, insects...

Earth, Sea and Sky

Earth, Sea and Sky
Marine life, natural resources, geology, climate...

Settled Landscape

Settled Landscape
Clearing and farming the land, crops, stock, rural life...

Māori New Zealanders

Māori New Zealanders
Māori origins, voyages, iwi (tribes), European encounter, urban life...

New Zealand Peoples

New Zealand Peoples
The people who settled here...

Places

Places
Regions – natural environment, economy...

New Zealand in Brief

New Zealand in Brief
Snapshots of the nation, including its history, culture...

Daily Life
Coming 2012

Creativity
Coming 2013

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1856–1931

Farm worker, soldier, sawmiller, health inspector, ethnographer, writer

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In 1966 the first encyclopedia of New Zealand was published in three thick volumes

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