New Zealand is an island nation almost exactly the same size as Colorado. During its history New Zealand has enjoyed a reputation as a social laboratory. It was one of the first welfare states; a land of equality, full employment, and peaceful race relations; and a nuclear-free land with a green image. The "Historical Dictionary of New Zealand" is an indispensable reference source for school, college, and university libraries as well as students and scholars. Detailed entries are provided for important people, events, and places in New Zealand history and places special emphasis upon hitherto often neglected Maori figures and more recent history. The "Historical Dictionary" also includes a detailed bibliography for further reading, maps, lists of acronyms, a chronology, and appendixes.
Author Biography: Keith Jackson and Alan McRobie are both political scientists with degrees in history. Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Canterbury. McRobie, former senior lecturer at the Christchurch College of Education, is a political consultant and author of a number of books dealing with general elections including the authoritative "New Zealand Electoral Atlas".