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1821 in New Zealand

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Decades:  1800s 1810s 1820s 1830s 1840s
See also:  Other events of 1821 Timeline of New Zealand history

Regal and viceregal

  • Head of State – King George IV
  • Governor of New South Wales – Major-General Sir Thomas Brisbane, advised of his appointment on 3 November 1820, arrives in Sydney on 7 November. His predecessor, Lachlan Macquarie, whose resignation had finally been accepted at the end of 1820 does not leave New South Wales until 12 February 1822.
  • Events

  • 12 July – Thomas Kendall, Hongi Hika and Waikato arrive back in the Bay of Islands from their trip to England. While in England they have helped to compile a Maori dictionary, met King George IV who gave Hongi a suit of armour, and Hongi has acquired a number of muskets (his primary purpose).
  • 20 July – Grass is sown for the first time in New Zealand, on land cleared from fern at Kerikeri.
  • 5 September – Hongi Hika and 2000 Ngā Puhi, armed with 1000 muskets, lay siege to Mauinaina pā at Tamaki. The pā is taken and the inhabitants massacred.
  • September
  • – John Gare Butler and his family move into the Mission House even though it is still unfinished.
  • Undated
  • Construction of the Mission House is started.
  • Late in the year Hongi Hika and Ngā Puhi lay siege to the Ngāti Maru pā at Te Totara (Thames), but after 2 days they make peace with the defenders and withdraw. They return that night and take the pā without difficulty.
  • Te Rauparaha and Ngāti Toa move south from Kawhia to resettle in Taranaki after several defeats by Waikato and Ngāti Maniapoto.
  • Births

  • 21 February (in Scotland): James Menzies, Superintendent of Southland Province.
  • 12 July (in England): William Richmond, politician.
  • 10 August (in England): John Turnbull Thomson, engineer and surveyor.
  • 29 August (in Kerikeri): Elizabeth Fairburn (later Elizabeth Colenso), missionary and Bible translator.
  • 10 September (in England): William Jervois, 10th Governor of New Zealand
  • 2 November (in Ireland): George Bowen, 5th Governor of New Zealand.
  • Undated
  • John Bacot, politician.
  • (in England): Samuel Bealey, runholder and politician.
  • (in England): Thomas Brunner, explorer.
  • (in Scotland): John Cargill, politician.
  • Oswald Curtis, politician.
  • George Hunter, politician.
  • (in England): Charles Kettle, surveyor of Dunedin.
  • Reader Wood, politician.
  • Approximate
  • (in England): William Montgomery, politician and merchant.
  • (in Ireland): George O'Brien, painter.
  • References

    1821 in New Zealand Wikipedia

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