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New Zealand has no agreed-upon "Independence Day." The country's sovereignty came about gradually, with main events in 1857, 1907, 1947, and 1987. In 1987, New Zealand revoked all residual UK legislative power.
By 1886, most of the non-Māori residents were New Zealand-born and not British immigrants. By 1896, New Zealand had over 700,000 British immigrants and descendants, and about 40,000 Māori.
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In 1891 - 1893, suffragettes such as Kate Sheppard gathered signatures and compiled a series of massive petitions calling on parliament to enact female suffrage. The 1893 petition for female suffrage gained over 24,000 signatures that were submitted to the parliament in Wellington.
The bayside city has a population of about 200,000 people. It has red cable cars and its Old Government Building - constructed in 1876 - is still one of the world's largest wooden structures. Wellington is known as one of the easiest places in the world to start a business.
In 1893, New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote. It was revolutionary at the time.
Political power used to be concentrated mainly among the royal family, while most people, male and female, lacked a voice in political decisions. When a wave of democratisation in the 19th century expanded to include men, women were denied the right to vote because it was believed that they were ...
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