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In 1642, Abel Tasman’s crew celebrated the first Christmas dinner in New Zealand with freshly killed pork from the ship’s menagerie along with extra rations of wine. In 1769 while James Cook was exploring New Zealand, his crew celebrated Christmas by feasting on ‘goose pye’ made with gannet.

When European settlers arrived in New Zealand in the early 19th century, Christian missionaries brought the religious festival of Christmas with them.  Santa Claus made his commercial debut in the young colony in 1894 when he took his place beside a tree in the toy section in the Wellington DIC Department Store on Lambton Quay. read more