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New Zealand is a country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country is divided in to two big islands and numerous smaller ones.
The history of New Zealand starts when Polynesians discover and settle New Zealand, thought to be sometime between 950 and 1130 AD.
In 1642 the first of the European explorers, Abel Janszoon sails into New Zealand waters. The first encounter between Māori and European is violent.
In 1769 James Cook and Jean François both arrive in New Zealand waters at the same time.
From the late 1790's on, whalers, traders and missionaries arrive, establishing settlements mainly along the far northern coast of New Zealand.
Wars and conflicts between Māori tribes were always constant and after the arrive of european traders gave the Māori the accesst to more advanced weapons. The devastating period known as the inter tribal Musket Wars commences.
Rumours of French plans for the colonisation of the South Island help hasten British action to annexe, and then colonise New Zealand.
Hostilities between Māori and European commence in 1845. The Māori, although inferior in number, proves a formidable foe.
The battle of Gate Pa is possibly the battle which made the greatest impact in the history of The New Zealand Wars.
New Zealand today is an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. The British Monarch, although constitutional head of state, plays no active role in the administration of New Zealand's government.
The capital city is Wellington, although the beautiful city of Auckland is the largest on the North Island.
Composed primarily of two islands, New Zealand has the highest natural diversity of all Pacific islands. Born between collisions of tectonic plates and volcanic eruptions, remains an unspoilt destination. That is its most attractive thing, and only four million New Zealanders living there carefully looking after it, proud of a country that requires absolute control to maintain its delicate balance.
Fauna and flora
(cc) image by jantik on Flickr
Each ship never saw the other
There is a total of 4.163.500 people in New Zealand according to the 2006 data.
The average age in New Zealand is 35,9 years
The life expectancy is 78,32 years
The ethnic composition is Whites: 78,7%; Maori: 14,6%; Asian: 9,2%; Polynesians: 6,9%; others: 0,9%
New Zealand religions are divided in the following proportions
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia 15.3%
12.5%11.3% Presbyterian Churches
Other Protestant 16.1%
Other religions unspecified 15.8%
Auckland is a city located in New Zealand's North Island. The Auckland metropolitan area is the largest in the country and it's the largest population center in the South Pacific, with over 1.2 million inhabitants, more than a quarter of the country's population. Although Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, Auckland is the largest city and, indeed, the economic capital.
Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and the Wellington region, south of the North Island in Wellington which is the main town. It is the second largest city after Auckland and the greatest capital of Oceania if you take into account its metropolitan area.
Queenstown is a resort town in Otago region in the southwest of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located in a recess of land on Lake Wakatipu, a long shaped lake and there are spectacular views from the surrounding mountains. This city is famous for the variety of activities offered, from the luxury of relaxation to extreme sports with more adrenaline. In their fast water rivers activities bungy jumping, rafting, jetboating and surf the river are practised.
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Queen Elizabeth II (Isabel II) is officially Queen of New Zealand.
New Zealand was first discovered by Europeans in 1642 when Dutch sailor Abel Tasman arrived.
New Zealand is one of only three countries that have two official (and of equal standing) national Anthems. The first is God Save the Queen (the English National Anthem) and the other is God Defend New Zealand.
A kiwi is not a fruit – it is New Zealand’s native flightless bird and a slang term for a New Zealander.
Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand is the southernmost capital city in the world.
New Zealand has a strong hold on the international trade in sheep meat. There are presently around 9 sheep to every 1 human in New Zealand
Another native bird of New Zealand (the Moa) was one of the largest birds in history – standing up to 3.6m tall and weighing 300kg. Unfortunately they were hunted to extinction by the Maoris by the end of the 1500s.
While it is no longer the case, New Zealand was once governed as a part of the territory of New South Wales
New Zealand is the antipode of Spain.
New Zealand was the first major nation to have universal suffrage.