New Zealand Company

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OLPHERT, Wybrants (1879 - 1938), late RNR; Marine Superintendent for New Zealand, New Zealand Shipping Company, since 1925

BENNETT, Charles (Moihi) (1913 - 1998), company director, retired; President, New Zealand Labour Party, 1972–76

WHITNEY, Cecil Arthur (1862 - 1956), JP; Director of the Colonial Ammunition Company Limited, Auckland, New Zealand

ROSS, Lewis (Nathan) (1911 - 1991), chartered accountant in public practice, since 1932; company director, New Zealand

MAIDEN, Colin (James) (born 1933), Chairman, Tower Insurance Ltd (formerly National Insurance Company of New Zealand Ltd), 1988–2002; Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1971–94

BIRCH, William (Francis) (born 1934), consultant in public policy and affairs; company director; Minister of Finance, 1993–99, Treasurer, 1998–99, New Zealand

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GUNSON, James Henry (1877 - 1963), seed, grain, and produce merchant, retired; Director, New Zealand Insurance Co. Ltd (late Chairman); Chairman, Auckland Gas Company Ltd

GRAHAM, (David) John (born 1935), company director; Headmaster, Auckland Grammar School, 1973–93; President, New Zealand Rugby Union, 2005–06

MILLS, James (1847 - 1936), Chairman of Union Steamship Company of New Zealand; Knight of Grace, St John of Jerusalem, 1910


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An organization formed in 1837 by E. G. Wakefield to colonize New Zealand. It was denied a charter by the British government, largely because of fears that it would come into conflict with the Maori. Nevertheless, in May 1834 the company began sending out agents and settlers, buying land from the Maori. The establishment of the crown colony in 1840 led to a review of the company's grandiose land claims. This, and Maori resistance, prevented the settlements developing as planned and in 1843 a rash attempt at Wairau, near Nelson, to assert authority over the powerful Te Rauparaha resulted in the deaths of 23 settlers. By 1846 the Company had secured recognition from the Colonial Office, a loan, and a settlement of its land claims but it became commercially unviable and was dissolved in 1858.

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