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Events on this Day – 17 May

1833

Hundreds of Māori greeted the new British Resident in New Zealand, James Busby, when he landed at the Paihia mission station on 17 May 1833. The ceremony that followed was the first formal meeting between Māori chiefs and the representative of a great power.

1922

James Liston, the assistant bishop of Auckland, was found not guilty of sedition following a high-profile court case.

1962

George Wilder was a burglar who left apology and thank-you notes for his victims. He was at large for 65 days, becoming a folk hero in the process.