New Zealand facts & history in brief
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is a service city and commercial
centre for a rich, sheep farming region,
near the mouth of the Wanganui River,
with nearby Castlecliff's port facilities.
Often called the 'River City'.
Edward Jerningham Wakefield purchased
some land in 1840 for the settlement
and it was called Petre in the
beginning after Baron Petre,
one of the New Zealand Company directors.
Europeans are known to have visited
the area long before that for
trading and collecting signatures
for the Treaty of Waitangi.
Wanganui was a very early and
prosperous settlement in the country.
Maori settlement goes back a long
time with a large number of easily
fortified pas on the cliffs along
its length, and many territorial
wars were fought
over it by many tribes.
It was declared a city in 1924.
Present population is about 50.000.
When I lived there for a few months
in the late 1950's, the city was
very colourful, beautiful and very
Tops in my book.
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