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<tr><td>Religions</td><td>Roman Catholic 15%, Protestant 52%, none 33%(1990)</td></tr>
 
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<tr><td>Internet TLD</td><td>.nz</td></tr>
 
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New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by people, both in terms of indigenous settlement and European domination. This, combined with geological youth and geographical isolation, has led to the development of a young, vigourous nation with a well-travelled, well-educated population and some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna.
 
New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by people, both in terms of indigenous settlement and European domination. This, combined with geological youth and geographical isolation, has led to the development of a young, vigourous nation with a well-travelled, well-educated population and some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna.
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; '''Ports and harbors''' : Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Timaru, Port Chalmers (Dunedin).
 
; '''Ports and harbors''' : Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Timaru, Port Chalmers (Dunedin).
  
; '''Airports''' International airports at [[Auckland]], [[Hamilton]], [[Palmerston North]], [[Wellington]], [[Christchurch]] and [[Queenstown]]  
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; '''Airports''' International airports at [[Auckland]], [[Hamilton]], [[Palmerston North]], [[Wellington]], [[Christchurch]] and [[Queenstown]].
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The main gateways are Auckland and Christchurch, with Auckland servicing more than 20 destinations and a dozen airlines, and Christchurch connecting direct to to [[Australia]], [[Singapore]] and [[Tokyo]]. All the smaller international airports only service flights to Australia and are limited to B737 or similar size aircraft.
  
 
==Transnational Issues==
 
==Transnational Issues==
  
 
; '''Disputes - international''' : territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency).  WTO dispute with USA on steel tariffs
 
; '''Disputes - international''' : territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency).  WTO dispute with USA on steel tariffs

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New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by people, both in terms of indigenous settlement and European domination. This, combined with geological youth and geographical isolation, has led to the development of a young, vigourous nation with a well-travelled, well-educated population and some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna.

The Polynesian Maoris reached New Zealand in about the 800 AD. The British proclaimed their sovereignty over the islands in 1840 and began settlement that same year. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both World Wars. New Zealand's full participation in number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

Geography

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Map of New Zealand


Location 
Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia
Geographic coordinates 
41 00 S, 174 00 E
Area - comparative 
about the size of UK
Coastline 
15,134 km
Maritime claims 
continental shelf: 200 NM or to the edge of the continental margin
territorial sea: 12 NM
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
Climate 
temperate with sharp regional contrasts
Terrain 
predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Mount Cook 3,764 m
Natural resources 
natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold, limestone
Land use 
arable land: 5.8%
permanent crops: 6.44%
other: 87.76% (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity
Environment - current issues 
deforestation; soil erosion; native flora and fauna hard-hit by species introduced from outside


Geography - note 
about 80% of the population lives in cities; Wellington is the southernmost national capital in the world

People

Population 
4,000,000 (April 2003 est.)

Government

Administrative divisions 
16 regions; Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough, Nelson, Northland, Otago, Southland, Taranaki, Tasman, Waikato, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington, West Coast
Dependent areas 
Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau
National holiday 
Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840).
Other Holidays 
All but essential shops and services are closed by law on Christmas Day (25th December), Good Friday, Easter Sunday and the morning of ANZAC Day (April 25th).

Other Bank Holidays (most retail businesses open) are January 1st, January 2nd, Queen's Birthday (Celebrated on the first Monday in June), Labour Day (Last Monday of October), Boxing Day (December 26th) plus the Anniversary day of each region.

Constitution 
consists of a series of legal documents, including certain acts of the UK and New Zealand Parliaments and The Constitution Act 1986 which is the principal formal charter
Legal system 
based on English law, with special land legislation and land courts for Maoris; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

Economy

Economy - overview 
Since 1984 the government has accomplished major economic restructuring, transforming New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes (but left behind many at the bottom of the ladder), broadened and deepened the technological capabilities of the industrial sector, and contained inflationary pressures. While per capita incomes have been rising, however, they remain below the level of the four largest EU economies, and there is some government concern that New Zealand is not closing the gap. New Zealand is heavily dependent on trade - particularly in agricultural products - to drive growth, and it has been affected by the global economic slowdown and the slump in commodity prices.
Industries 
food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining
Agriculture - products 
wheat, barley, potatoes, pulses, fruits, vegetables; wool, beef, dairy products; fish
Exports - commodities 
dairy products, meat, wood and wood products, fish, machinery
Exports - partners 
Australia 20.4%, US 14.5%, Japan 13.5%, UK 5.4%, South Korea, China (2000)
Imports - commodities 
machinery and equipment, vehicles and aircraft, petroleum, electronics, textiles, plastics
Imports - partners 
Australia 22.5%, US 17.5%, Japan 11%, UK 4%, China, Germany (2000)
Currency 
New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Currency code 
NZD

Communications

Telephone system 
general assessment: excellent domestic and international systems
domestic: NA
international: submarine cables to Australia and Fiji; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
Internet country code 
.nz
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 
36 (2000)
Internet users 
2.06 million (2002)

Transportation

Railways 
total: 3,908 km
narrow gauge: 3,908 km 1.067-m gauge (506 km electrified)

Auckland and Wellington have commuter rail services. Inter-city rail passenger services have become increasingly limited, and the focus is now on tourist trains, in particular:

  • The Tranzalpine - From Christchurch to Greymouth and return daily. Classed as one of the world's great train journeys, this trip crosses the South Island, passing through spectacular mountain scenery, some of which is inaccessible by road as well as the 12km Otira tunnel. Many visitors disembark at the Arthurs Pass National Park and spend four hours exploring the mountains before catching the return train.
  • The Coastal Pacific - From Christchurch to Picton and return daily. Travels along the rugged north-east coast of the South Island.
Pipelines 
petroleum products 160 km; natural gas 1,000 km; liquefied petroleum gas or LPG 150 km
Ports and harbors 
Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Lyttelton (Christchurch), Timaru, Port Chalmers (Dunedin).
Airports International airports at Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

The main gateways are Auckland and Christchurch, with Auckland servicing more than 20 destinations and a dozen airlines, and Christchurch connecting direct to to Australia, Singapore and Tokyo. All the smaller international airports only service flights to Australia and are limited to B737 or similar size aircraft.

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
territorial claim in Antarctica (Ross Dependency). WTO dispute with USA on steel tariffs
New Zealand

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Official languagesEnglish and Maori
Independence26 September 1907 (from UK)
CapitalWellington
GovernmentParliamentary Democracy
Prime MinisterHelen Clark
Area
268,680 sq km
Population4,000,000 (2003 est.)
Ethnic GroupsNew Zealand European 74.5%, Maori 9.7%, other European 4.6%, Pacific Islander 3.8%, Asian and others 7.4%
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Time zoneUTC +12
ReligionsRoman Catholic 15%, Protestant 52%, none 33%(1990)
Internet TLD.nz
Calling Code+64