Place:Wellington, New Zealand

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NameWellington
Alt namesWellingtonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Wellington Citysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeRegion
Coordinates40°S 175.5°E
Located inNew Zealand     (1971 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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The Wellington region of New Zealand occupies the southern end of the North Island. The largest city is Wellington.

History

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The Māori who originally settled the region knew it as Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, meaning "the head of Māui's fish". Legend recounts that Kupe discovered and explored the region in about the tenth century.

The region was settled by Europeans in 1839 by the New Zealand Company. Wellington became the capital of Wellington Province upon the creation of the province in 1853, until the Abolition of the Provinces Act came into force on 1 Nov 1876. Wellington became capital of New Zealand in 1865, the third capital after Russell and Auckland.

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