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For other uses, see NZ (disambiguation) and New Zealand (disambiguation). New Zealand_sentence_1

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New Zealand

Aotearoa (Māori)New Zealand_header_cell_0_0_0

CapitalNew Zealand_header_cell_0_1_0 WellingtonNew Zealand_cell_0_1_1
Largest cityNew Zealand_header_cell_0_2_0 AucklandNew Zealand_cell_0_2_1
Official languagesNew Zealand_header_cell_0_3_0 New Zealand_cell_0_3_1
Ethnic groups (2018)New Zealand_header_cell_0_4_0 New Zealand_cell_0_4_1
Religion (2018)New Zealand_header_cell_0_5_0 List of religionsNew Zealand_cell_0_5_1
Demonym(s)New Zealand_header_cell_0_6_0 New Zealander

Kiwi (informal)New Zealand_cell_0_6_1

GovernmentNew Zealand_header_cell_0_7_0 Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchyNew Zealand_cell_0_7_1
MonarchNew Zealand_header_cell_0_8_0 Elizabeth IINew Zealand_cell_0_8_1
Governor-GeneralNew Zealand_header_cell_0_9_0 Patsy ReddyNew Zealand_cell_0_9_1
Prime MinisterNew Zealand_header_cell_0_10_0 Jacinda ArdernNew Zealand_cell_0_10_1
LegislatureNew Zealand_header_cell_0_11_0 Parliament

(House of Representatives)New Zealand_cell_0_11_1

Stages of independence from the United KingdomNew Zealand_header_cell_0_12_0
Responsible governmentNew Zealand_header_cell_0_13_0 7 May 1856New Zealand_cell_0_13_1
DominionNew Zealand_header_cell_0_14_0 26 September 1907New Zealand_cell_0_14_1
Statute of Westminster adoptedNew Zealand_header_cell_0_15_0 25 November 1947New Zealand_cell_0_15_1
Area New Zealand_header_cell_0_16_0
TotalNew Zealand_header_cell_0_17_0 268,021 km (103,483 sq mi) (75th)New Zealand_cell_0_17_1
Water (%)New Zealand_header_cell_0_18_0 1.6New Zealand_cell_0_18_1
PopulationNew Zealand_header_cell_0_19_0
December 2020 estimateNew Zealand_header_cell_0_20_0 5,107,490 (120th)New Zealand_cell_0_20_1
2018 censusNew Zealand_header_cell_0_21_0 4,699,755New Zealand_cell_0_21_1
DensityNew Zealand_header_cell_0_22_0 19.0/km (49.2/sq mi) (167th)New Zealand_cell_0_22_1
GDP (PPP)New Zealand_header_cell_0_23_0 2020 estimateNew Zealand_cell_0_23_1
TotalNew Zealand_header_cell_0_24_0 $193.545 billionNew Zealand_cell_0_24_1
Per capitaNew Zealand_header_cell_0_25_0 $41,072 (29th)New Zealand_cell_0_25_1
GDP (nominal)New Zealand_header_cell_0_26_0 2020 estimateNew Zealand_cell_0_26_1
TotalNew Zealand_header_cell_0_27_0 $205.541 billionNew Zealand_cell_0_27_1
Per capitaNew Zealand_header_cell_0_28_0 $38,675 (23rd)New Zealand_cell_0_28_1
Gini (2019)New Zealand_header_cell_0_29_0 33.9

mediumNew Zealand_cell_0_29_1

HDI (2018)New Zealand_header_cell_0_30_0 0.921

very high · 14thNew Zealand_cell_0_30_1

CurrencyNew Zealand_header_cell_0_31_0 New Zealand dollar ($) (NZD)New Zealand_cell_0_31_1
Time zoneNew Zealand_header_cell_0_32_0 UTC+12 (NZST)New Zealand_cell_0_32_1
Summer (DST)New Zealand_header_cell_0_33_0 UTC+13 (NZDT)New Zealand_cell_0_33_1
Date formatNew Zealand_header_cell_0_34_0 dd/mm/yyyy

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Driving sideNew Zealand_header_cell_0_35_0 leftNew Zealand_cell_0_35_1
Calling codeNew Zealand_header_cell_0_36_0 +64New Zealand_cell_0_36_1
ISO 3166 codeNew Zealand_header_cell_0_37_0 NZNew Zealand_cell_0_37_1
Internet TLDNew Zealand_header_cell_0_38_0 .nzNew Zealand_cell_0_38_1

New Zealand (Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand_sentence_2

It consists of two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and around 600 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand_sentence_3

New Zealand is about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand_sentence_4

The country's varied topography and sharp mountain peaks, including the Southern Alps, owe much to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand_sentence_5

New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland. New Zealand_sentence_6

Owing to their remoteness, the islands of New Zealand were the last large habitable lands to be settled by humans. New Zealand_sentence_7

Between about 1280 and 1350, Polynesians began to settle in the islands and then developed a distinctive Māori culture. New Zealand_sentence_8

In 1642, the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, became the first European to sight New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_9

In 1840, representatives of the United Kingdom and Māori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which declared British sovereignty over the islands. New Zealand_sentence_10

In 1841, New Zealand became a colony within the British Empire, and in 1907 it became a dominion; it gained full statutory independence in 1947, and the British monarch remained the head of state. New Zealand_sentence_11

Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. New Zealand_sentence_12

Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. New Zealand_sentence_13

The official languages are English, Māori, and New Zealand Sign Language, with English being very dominant. New Zealand_sentence_14

A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons, particularly in education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, and economic freedom. New Zealand_sentence_15

It underwent major economic changes during the 1980s, which transformed it from a protectionist to a liberalised free-trade economy. New Zealand_sentence_16

The service sector dominates the national economy, followed by the industrial sector, and agriculture; international tourism is a significant source of revenue. New Zealand_sentence_17

Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the prime minister, currently Jacinda Ardern. New Zealand_sentence_18

Queen Elizabeth II is the country's monarch and is represented by a governor-general, currently Dame Patsy Reddy. New Zealand_sentence_19

In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. New Zealand_sentence_20

The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand_sentence_21

New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ASEAN Plus Six, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum. New Zealand_sentence_22

Etymology New Zealand_section_0

Further information: New Zealand place names New Zealand_sentence_23

The first European visitor to New Zealand, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, named the islands Staten Land, believing they were part of the Staten Landt that Jacob Le Maire had sighted off the southern end of South America. New Zealand_sentence_24

Hendrik Brouwer proved that the South American land was a small island in 1643, and Dutch cartographers subsequently renamed Tasman's discovery Nova Zeelandia, from Latin, after the Dutch province of Zeeland. New Zealand_sentence_25

This name was later anglicised to "New Zealand". New Zealand_sentence_26

Aotearoa (pronounced [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa in Māori and /ˌaʊtɛəˈroʊ.ə/ in English; often translated as "land of the long white cloud") is the current Māori name for New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_27

It is unknown whether Māori had a name for the whole country before the arrival of Europeans, with Aotearoa originally referring to just the North Island. New Zealand_sentence_28

Māori had several traditional names for the two main islands, including Te Ika-a-Māui (the fish of Māui) for the North Island and Te Waipounamu (the waters of greenstone) or Te Waka o Aoraki (the canoe of Aoraki) for the South Island. New Zealand_sentence_29

Early European maps labelled the islands North (North Island), Middle (South Island) and South (Stewart Island / Rakiura). New Zealand_sentence_30

In 1830, mapmakers began to use "North" and "South" on their maps to distinguish the two largest islands, and by 1907 this was the accepted norm. New Zealand_sentence_31

The New Zealand Geographic Board discovered in 2009 that the names of the North Island and South Island had never been formalised, and names and alternative names were formalised in 2013. New Zealand_sentence_32

This set the names as North Island or Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island or Te Waipounamu. New Zealand_sentence_33

For each island, either its English or Māori name can be used, or both can be used together. New Zealand_sentence_34

History New Zealand_section_1

Main article: History of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_35

New Zealand is one of the last major landmasses settled by humans. New Zealand_sentence_36

Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation and mitochondrial DNA variability within Māori populations suggest that Eastern Polynesians first settled the New Zealand archipelago between 1250 and 1300, although newer archaeological and genetic research points to a date no earlier than about 1280, with at least the main settlement period between about 1320 and 1350, consistent with evidence based on genealogical traditions. New Zealand_sentence_37

This represented a culmination in a long series of voyages through the Pacific islands. New Zealand_sentence_38

Over the centuries that followed, the Polynesian settlers developed a distinct culture now known as Māori. New Zealand_sentence_39

The population formed different iwi (tribes) and hapū (subtribes) which would sometimes cooperate, sometimes compete and sometimes fight against each other. New Zealand_sentence_40

At some point, a group of Māori migrated to Rēkohu, now known as the Chatham Islands, where they developed their distinct Moriori culture. New Zealand_sentence_41

The Moriori population was all but wiped out between 1835 and 1862, largely because of Taranaki Māori invasion and enslavement in the 1830s, although European diseases also contributed. New Zealand_sentence_42

In 1862 only 101 survived, and the last known full-blooded Moriori died in 1933. New Zealand_sentence_43

In a hostile 1642 encounter, four of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman's crew members were killed, and at least one Māori was hit by canister shot. New Zealand_sentence_44

Europeans did not revisit New Zealand until 1769 when British explorer James Cook mapped almost the entire coastline. New Zealand_sentence_45

Following Cook, New Zealand was visited by numerous European and North American whaling, sealing and trading ships. New Zealand_sentence_46

They traded European food, metal tools, weapons and other goods for timber, Māori food, artefacts and water. New Zealand_sentence_47

The introduction of the potato and the musket transformed Māori agriculture and warfare. New Zealand_sentence_48

Potatoes provided a reliable food surplus, which enabled longer and more sustained military campaigns. New Zealand_sentence_49

The resulting intertribal Musket Wars encompassed over 600 battles between 1801 and 1840, killing 30,000–40,000 Māori. New Zealand_sentence_50

From the early 19th century, Christian missionaries began to settle New Zealand, eventually converting most of the Māori population. New Zealand_sentence_51

The Māori population declined to around 40% of its pre-contact level during the 19th century; introduced diseases were the major factor. New Zealand_sentence_52

In 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip assumed the position of Governor of the new British colony of New South Wales which according to his commission included New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_53

The British Government appointed James Busby as British Resident to New Zealand in 1832 following a petition from northern Māori. New Zealand_sentence_54

In 1835, following an announcement of impending French settlement by Charles de Thierry, the nebulous United Tribes of New Zealand sent a Declaration of Independence to King William IV of the United Kingdom asking for protection. New Zealand_sentence_55

Ongoing unrest, the proposed settlement of New Zealand by the New Zealand Company (which had already sent its first ship of surveyors to buy land from Māori) and the dubious legal standing of the Declaration of Independence prompted the Colonial Office to send Captain William Hobson to claim sovereignty for the United Kingdom and negotiate a treaty with the Māori. New Zealand_sentence_56

The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. New Zealand_sentence_57

In response to the New Zealand Company's attempts to establish an independent settlement in Wellington and French settlers purchasing land in Akaroa, Hobson declared British sovereignty over all of New Zealand on 21 May 1840, even though copies of the Treaty were still circulating throughout the country for Māori to sign. New Zealand_sentence_58

With the signing of the Treaty and declaration of sovereignty, the number of immigrants, particularly from the United Kingdom, began to increase. New Zealand_sentence_59

New Zealand, still part of the colony of New South Wales, became a separate Colony of New Zealand on 1 July 1841. New Zealand_sentence_60

Armed conflict began between the Colonial government and Māori in 1843 with the Wairau Affray over land and disagreements over sovereignty. New Zealand_sentence_61

These conflicts, mainly in the North Island, saw thousands of imperial troops and the Royal Navy come to New Zealand and became known as the New Zealand Wars. New Zealand_sentence_62

Following these armed conflicts, large amounts of Māori land was confiscated by the government to meet settler demands. New Zealand_sentence_63

The colony gained a representative government in 1852, and the first Parliament met in 1854. New Zealand_sentence_64

In 1856 the colony effectively became self-governing, gaining responsibility over all domestic matters other than native policy. New Zealand_sentence_65

(Control over native policy was granted in the mid-1860s.) New Zealand_sentence_66

Following concerns that the South Island might form a separate colony, premier Alfred Domett moved a resolution to transfer the capital from Auckland to a locality near Cook Strait. New Zealand_sentence_67

Wellington was chosen for its central location, with Parliament officially sitting there for the first time in 1865. New Zealand_sentence_68

In 1891 the Liberal Party came to power as the first organised political party. New Zealand_sentence_69

The Liberal Government, led by Richard Seddon for most of its period in office, passed many important social and economic measures. New Zealand_sentence_70

In 1893 New Zealand was the first nation in the world to grant all women the right to vote and in 1894 pioneered the adoption of compulsory arbitration between employers and unions. New Zealand_sentence_71

In 1907, at the request of the New Zealand Parliament, King Edward VII proclaimed New Zealand a Dominion within the British Empire, reflecting its self-governing status. New Zealand_sentence_72

In 1947 the country adopted the Statute of Westminster, confirming that the British Parliament could no longer legislate for New Zealand without the consent of New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_73

Early in the 20th century, New Zealand was involved in world affairs, fighting in the First and Second World Wars and suffering through the Great Depression. New Zealand_sentence_74

The depression led to the election of the First Labour Government and the establishment of a comprehensive welfare state and a protectionist economy. New Zealand_sentence_75

New Zealand experienced increasing prosperity following the Second World War, and Māori began to leave their traditional rural life and move to the cities in search of work. New Zealand_sentence_76

A Māori protest movement developed, which criticised Eurocentrism and worked for greater recognition of Māori culture and of the Treaty of Waitangi. New Zealand_sentence_77

In 1975, a Waitangi Tribunal was set up to investigate alleged breaches of the Treaty, and it was enabled to investigate historic grievances in 1985. New Zealand_sentence_78

The government has negotiated settlements of these grievances with many iwi, although Māori claims to the foreshore and seabed proved controversial in the 2000s. New Zealand_sentence_79

Government and politics New Zealand_section_2

Main articles: Government of New Zealand and Politics of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_80

New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy, although its constitution is not codified. New Zealand_sentence_81

Elizabeth II is the queen of New Zealand and thus the head of state. New Zealand_sentence_82

The queen is represented by the governor-general, whom she appoints on the advice of the prime minister. New Zealand_sentence_83

The governor-general can exercise the Crown's prerogative powers, such as reviewing cases of injustice and making appointments of ministers, ambassadors, and other key public officials, and in rare situations, the reserve powers (e.g. the power to dissolve parliament or refuse the royal assent of a bill into law). New Zealand_sentence_84

The powers of the monarch and the governor-general are limited by constitutional constraints, and they cannot normally be exercised without the advice of ministers. New Zealand_sentence_85

The New Zealand Parliament holds legislative power and consists of the queen and the House of Representatives. New Zealand_sentence_86

It also included an upper house, the Legislative Council, until this was abolished in 1950. New Zealand_sentence_87

The supremacy of parliament over the Crown and other government institutions was established in England by the Bill of Rights 1689 and has been ratified as law in New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_88

The House of Representatives is democratically elected, and a government is formed from the party or coalition with the majority of seats. New Zealand_sentence_89

If no majority is formed, a minority government can be formed if support from other parties during confidence and supply votes is assured. New Zealand_sentence_90

The governor-general appoints ministers under advice from the prime minister, who is by convention the parliamentary leader of the governing party or coalition. New Zealand_sentence_91

Cabinet, formed by ministers and led by the prime minister, is the highest policy-making body in government and responsible for deciding significant government actions. New Zealand_sentence_92

Members of Cabinet make major decisions collectively and are therefore collectively responsible for the consequences of these decisions. New Zealand_sentence_93

A parliamentary general election must be called no later than three years after the previous election. New Zealand_sentence_94

Almost all general elections between 1853 and 1993 were held under the first-past-the-post voting system. New Zealand_sentence_95

Since the 1996 election, a form of proportional representation called mixed-member proportional (MMP) has been used. New Zealand_sentence_96

Under the MMP system, each person has two votes; one is for a candidate standing in the voter's electorate, and the other is for a party. New Zealand_sentence_97

Since the 2014 election, there have been 71 electorates (which include seven Māori electorates in which only Māori can optionally vote), and the remaining 49 of the 120 seats are assigned so that representation in parliament reflects the party vote, with the threshold that a party must win at least one electorate or 5% of the total party vote before it is eligible for a seat. New Zealand_sentence_98

Elections since the 1930s have been dominated by two political parties, National and Labour. New Zealand_sentence_99

Between March 2005 and August 2006, New Zealand became the first country in the world in which all the highest offices in the land—head of state, governor-general, prime minister, speaker, and chief justice—were occupied simultaneously by women. New Zealand_sentence_100

The current prime minister is Jacinda Ardern, who has been in office since 26 October 2017. New Zealand_sentence_101

She is the country's third female prime minister. New Zealand_sentence_102

New Zealand's judiciary, headed by the chief justice, includes the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, the High Court, and subordinate courts. New Zealand_sentence_103

Judges and judicial officers are appointed non-politically and under strict rules regarding tenure to help maintain judicial independence. New Zealand_sentence_104

This theoretically allows the judiciary to interpret the law based solely on the legislation enacted by Parliament without other influences on their decisions. New Zealand_sentence_105

New Zealand is identified as one of the world's most stable and well-governed states. New Zealand_sentence_106

As at 2017, the country was ranked fourth in the strength of its democratic institutions and first in government transparency and lack of corruption. New Zealand_sentence_107

A 2017 Human Rights Report by the U.S. Department of State noted that the government generally respected the rights of individuals, but voiced concerns regarding the social status of the Māori population. New Zealand_sentence_108

New Zealand ranks highly for civic participation in the political process, with 80% voter turnout during recent elections, compared to an OECD average of 68%. New Zealand_sentence_109

See also: International rankings of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_110

Foreign relations and military New Zealand_section_3

Main articles: Foreign relations of New Zealand and New Zealand Defence Force New Zealand_sentence_111

Early colonial New Zealand allowed the British Government to determine external trade and be responsible for foreign policy. New Zealand_sentence_112

The 1923 and 1926 Imperial Conferences decided that New Zealand should be allowed to negotiate its own political treaties, and the first commercial treaty was ratified in 1928 with Japan. New Zealand_sentence_113

On 3 September 1939, New Zealand allied itself with Britain and declared war on Germany with Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage proclaiming, "Where she goes, we go; where she stands, we stand." New Zealand_sentence_114

In 1951 the United Kingdom became increasingly focused on its European interests, while New Zealand joined Australia and the United States in the ANZUS security treaty. New Zealand_sentence_115

The influence of the United States on New Zealand weakened following protests over the Vietnam War, the refusal of the United States to admonish France after the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, disagreements over environmental and agricultural trade issues, and New Zealand's nuclear-free policy. New Zealand_sentence_116

Despite the United States' suspension of ANZUS obligations, the treaty remained in effect between New Zealand and Australia, whose foreign policy has followed a similar historical trend. New Zealand_sentence_117

Close political contact is maintained between the two countries, with free trade agreements and travel arrangements that allow citizens to visit, live and work in both countries without restrictions. New Zealand_sentence_118

In 2013 there were about 650,000 New Zealand citizens living in Australia, which is equivalent to 15% of the population of New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_119

New Zealand has a strong presence among the Pacific Island countries. New Zealand_sentence_120

A large proportion of New Zealand's aid goes to these countries, and many Pacific people migrate to New Zealand for employment. New Zealand_sentence_121

Permanent migration is regulated under the 1970 Samoan Quota Scheme and the 2002 Pacific Access Category, which allow up to 1,100 Samoan nationals and up to 750 other Pacific Islanders respectively to become permanent New Zealand residents each year. New Zealand_sentence_122

A seasonal workers scheme for temporary migration was introduced in 2007, and in 2009 about 8,000 Pacific Islanders were employed under it. New Zealand_sentence_123

New Zealand is involved in the Pacific Islands Forum, the Pacific Community, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (including the East Asia Summit). New Zealand_sentence_124

New Zealand has been described as an emerging power. New Zealand_sentence_125

The country is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and participates in the Five Power Defence Arrangements. New Zealand_sentence_126

New Zealand's military services—the Defence Force—comprise the New Zealand Army, the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and the Royal New Zealand Navy. New Zealand_sentence_127

New Zealand's national defence needs are modest since a direct attack is unlikely. New Zealand_sentence_128

However, its military has had a global presence. New Zealand_sentence_129

The country fought in both world wars, with notable campaigns in Gallipoli, Crete, El Alamein, and Cassino. New Zealand_sentence_130

The Gallipoli campaign played an important part in fostering New Zealand's national identity and strengthened the ANZAC tradition it shares with Australia. New Zealand_sentence_131

In addition to Vietnam and the two world wars, New Zealand fought in the Second Boer War, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Gulf War, and the Afghanistan War. New Zealand_sentence_132

It has contributed forces to several regional and global peacekeeping missions, such as those in Cyprus, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sinai, Angola, Cambodia, the Iran–Iraq border, Bougainville, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. New Zealand_sentence_133

Local government and external territories New Zealand_section_4

Main articles: Local government in New Zealand and Realm of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_134

The early European settlers divided New Zealand into provinces, which had a degree of autonomy. New Zealand_sentence_135

Because of financial pressures and the desire to consolidate railways, education, land sales, and other policies, government was centralised and the provinces were abolished in 1876. New Zealand_sentence_136

The provinces are remembered in regional public holidays and sporting rivalries. New Zealand_sentence_137

Since 1876, various councils have administered local areas under legislation determined by the central government. New Zealand_sentence_138

In 1989, the government reorganised local government into the current two-tier structure of regional councils and territorial authorities. New Zealand_sentence_139

The 249 municipalities that existed in 1975 have now been consolidated into 67 territorial authorities and 11 regional councils. New Zealand_sentence_140

The regional councils' role is to regulate "the natural environment with particular emphasis on resource management", while territorial authorities are responsible for sewage, water, local roads, building consents, and other local matters. New Zealand_sentence_141

Five of the territorial councils are unitary authorities and also act as regional councils. New Zealand_sentence_142

The territorial authorities consist of 13 city councils, 53 district councils, and the Chatham Islands Council. New Zealand_sentence_143

While officially the Chatham Islands Council is not a unitary authority, it undertakes many functions of a regional council. New Zealand_sentence_144

The Realm of New Zealand, one of 16 Commonwealth realms, is the entire area over which the queen of New Zealand is sovereign and comprises New Zealand, Tokelau, the Ross Dependency, the Cook Islands, and Niue. New Zealand_sentence_145

The Cook Islands and Niue are self-governing states in free association with New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_146

The New Zealand Parliament cannot pass legislation for these countries, but with their consent can act on behalf of them in foreign affairs and defence. New Zealand_sentence_147

Tokelau is classified as a non-self-governing territory but is administered by a council of three elders (one from each Tokelauan atoll). New Zealand_sentence_148

The Ross Dependency is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica, where it operates the Scott Base research facility. New Zealand_sentence_149

New Zealand nationality law treats all parts of the realm equally, so most people born in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, and the Ross Dependency are New Zealand citizens. New Zealand_sentence_150

Geography and environment New Zealand_section_5

Main articles: Geography of New Zealand and Environment of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_151

See also: at Wikimedia Commons New Zealand_sentence_152

New Zealand is located near the centre of the water hemisphere and is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands. New Zealand_sentence_153

The two main islands (the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu) are separated by Cook Strait, 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point. New Zealand_sentence_154

Besides the North and South Islands, the five largest inhabited islands are Stewart Island (across the Foveaux Strait), Chatham Island, Great Barrier Island (in the Hauraki Gulf), D'Urville Island (in the Marlborough Sounds) and Waiheke Island (about 22 km (14 mi) from central Auckland). New Zealand_sentence_155

New Zealand is long and narrow—over 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) along its north-north-east axis with a maximum width of 400 kilometres (250 mi)—with about 15,000 km (9,300 mi) of coastline and a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand_sentence_156

Because of its far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine resources. New Zealand_sentence_157

Its exclusive economic zone is one of the largest in the world, covering more than 15 times its land area. New Zealand_sentence_158

The South Island is the largest landmass of New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_159

It is divided along its length by the Southern Alps. New Zealand_sentence_160

There are 18 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), the highest of which is Aoraki / Mount Cook at 3,724 metres (12,218 ft). New Zealand_sentence_161

Fiordland's steep mountains and deep fiords record the extensive ice age glaciation of this southwestern corner of the South Island. New Zealand_sentence_162

The North Island is less mountainous but is marked by volcanism. New Zealand_sentence_163

The highly active Taupo Volcanic Zone has formed a large volcanic plateau, punctuated by the North Island's highest mountain, Mount Ruapehu (2,797 metres (9,177 ft)). New Zealand_sentence_164

The plateau also hosts the country's largest lake, Lake Taupo, nestled in the caldera of one of the world's most active supervolcanoes. New Zealand_sentence_165

The country owes its varied topography, and perhaps even its emergence above the waves, to the dynamic boundary it straddles between the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates. New Zealand_sentence_166

New Zealand is part of Zealandia, a microcontinent nearly half the size of Australia that gradually submerged after breaking away from the Gondwanan supercontinent. New Zealand_sentence_167

About 25 million years ago, a shift in plate tectonic movements began to contort and crumple the region. New Zealand_sentence_168

This is now most evident in the Southern Alps, formed by compression of the crust beside the Alpine Fault. New Zealand_sentence_169

Elsewhere the plate boundary involves the subduction of one plate under the other, producing the Puysegur Trench to the south, the Hikurangi Trench east of the North Island, and the Kermadec and Tonga Trenches further north. New Zealand_sentence_170

New Zealand is part of a region known as Australasia, together with Australia. New Zealand_sentence_171

It also forms the southwestern extremity of the geographic and ethnographic region called Polynesia. New Zealand_sentence_172

The term Oceania is often used to denote the wider region encompassing the Australian continent, New Zealand and various islands in the Pacific Ocean that are not included in the seven-continent model. New Zealand_sentence_173

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Climate New Zealand_section_6

Main article: Climate of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_174

New Zealand's climate is predominantly temperate maritime (Köppen: Cfb), with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. New Zealand_sentence_175

Historical maxima and minima are 42.4 °C (108.32 °F) in Rangiora, Canterbury and −25.6 °C (−14.08 °F) in Ranfurly, Otago. New Zealand_sentence_176

Conditions vary sharply across regions from extremely wet on the West Coast of the South Island to almost semi-arid in Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin of inland Canterbury, and subtropical in Northland. New Zealand_sentence_177

Of the seven largest cities, Christchurch is the driest, receiving on average only 640 millimetres (25 in) of rain per year and Wellington the wettest, receiving almost twice that amount. New Zealand_sentence_178

Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average of more than 2,000 hours of sunshine. New Zealand_sentence_179

The southern and southwestern parts of the South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1,400–1,600 hours; the northern and northeastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive about 2,400–2,500 hours. New Zealand_sentence_180

The general snow season is early June until early October, though cold snaps can occur outside this season. New Zealand_sentence_181

Snowfall is common in the eastern and southern parts of the South Island and mountain areas across the country. New Zealand_sentence_182

The table below lists climate normals for the warmest and coldest months in New Zealand's six largest cities. New Zealand_sentence_183

North Island cities are generally warmest in February. New Zealand_sentence_184

South Island cities are warmest in January. New Zealand_sentence_185

New Zealand_table_general_1

Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for the six largest cities of New ZealandNew Zealand_table_caption_1
LocationNew Zealand_header_cell_1_0_0 Jan/Feb (°C)New Zealand_header_cell_1_0_1 Jan/Feb (°F)New Zealand_header_cell_1_0_2 July (°C)New Zealand_header_cell_1_0_3 July (°F)New Zealand_header_cell_1_0_4
AucklandNew Zealand_cell_1_1_0 23/16New Zealand_cell_1_1_1 74/60New Zealand_cell_1_1_2 14/7New Zealand_cell_1_1_3 58/45New Zealand_cell_1_1_4
WellingtonNew Zealand_cell_1_2_0 20/13New Zealand_cell_1_2_1 68/56New Zealand_cell_1_2_2 11/6New Zealand_cell_1_2_3 52/42New Zealand_cell_1_2_4
ChristchurchNew Zealand_cell_1_3_0 22/12New Zealand_cell_1_3_1 72/53New Zealand_cell_1_3_2 10/0New Zealand_cell_1_3_3 51/33New Zealand_cell_1_3_4
HamiltonNew Zealand_cell_1_4_0 24/13New Zealand_cell_1_4_1 75/56New Zealand_cell_1_4_2 14/4New Zealand_cell_1_4_3 57/39New Zealand_cell_1_4_4
TaurangaNew Zealand_cell_1_5_0 24/15New Zealand_cell_1_5_1 75/59New Zealand_cell_1_5_2 14/6New Zealand_cell_1_5_3 58/42New Zealand_cell_1_5_4
DunedinNew Zealand_cell_1_6_0 19/11New Zealand_cell_1_6_1 66/53New Zealand_cell_1_6_2 10/3New Zealand_cell_1_6_3 50/37New Zealand_cell_1_6_4

Biodiversity New Zealand_section_7

Main article: Biodiversity of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_186

New Zealand's geographic isolation for 80 million years and island biogeography has influenced evolution of the country's species of animals, fungi and plants. New Zealand_sentence_187

Physical isolation has caused biological isolation, resulting in a dynamic evolutionary ecology with examples of very distinctive plants and animals as well as populations of widespread species. New Zealand_sentence_188

About 82% of New Zealand's indigenous vascular plants are endemic, covering 1,944 species across 65 genera. New Zealand_sentence_189

The number of fungi recorded from New Zealand, including lichen-forming species, is not known, nor is the proportion of those fungi which are endemic, but one estimate suggests there are about 2,300 species of lichen-forming fungi in New Zealand and 40% of these are endemic. New Zealand_sentence_190

The two main types of forest are those dominated by broadleaf trees with emergent podocarps, or by southern beech in cooler climates. New Zealand_sentence_191

The remaining vegetation types consist of grasslands, the majority of which are tussock. New Zealand_sentence_192

Before the arrival of humans, an estimated 80% of the land was covered in forest, with only high alpine, wet, infertile and volcanic areas without trees. New Zealand_sentence_193

Massive deforestation occurred after humans arrived, with around half the forest cover lost to fire after Polynesian settlement. New Zealand_sentence_194

Much of the remaining forest fell after European settlement, being logged or cleared to make room for pastoral farming, leaving forest occupying only 23% of the land. New Zealand_sentence_195

The forests were dominated by birds, and the lack of mammalian predators led to some like the kiwi, kakapo, weka and takahē evolving flightlessness. New Zealand_sentence_196

The arrival of humans, associated changes to habitat, and the introduction of rats, ferrets and other mammals led to the extinction of many bird species, including large birds like the moa and Haast's eagle. New Zealand_sentence_197

Other indigenous animals are represented by reptiles (tuatara, skinks and geckos), frogs, spiders, insects (wētā) and snails. New Zealand_sentence_198

Some, such as the tuatara, are so unique that they have been called living fossils. New Zealand_sentence_199

Three species of bats (one since extinct) were the only sign of native land mammals in New Zealand until the 2006 discovery of bones from a unique, mouse-sized land mammal at least 16 million years old. New Zealand_sentence_200

Marine mammals, however, are abundant, with almost half the world's cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and large numbers of fur seals reported in New Zealand waters. New Zealand_sentence_201

Many seabirds breed in New Zealand, a third of them unique to the country. New Zealand_sentence_202

More penguin species are found in New Zealand than in any other country. New Zealand_sentence_203

Since human arrival, almost half of the country's vertebrate species have become extinct, including at least fifty-one birds, three frogs, three lizards, one freshwater fish, and one bat. New Zealand_sentence_204

Others are endangered or have had their range severely reduced. New Zealand_sentence_205

However, New Zealand conservationists have pioneered several methods to help threatened wildlife recover, including island sanctuaries, pest control, wildlife translocation, fostering and ecological restoration of islands and other protected areas. New Zealand_sentence_206

Economy New Zealand_section_8

Main article: Economy of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_207

See also: List of companies of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_208

New Zealand has an advanced market economy, ranked 16th in the 2018 Human Development Index and third in the 2018 Index of Economic Freedom. New Zealand_sentence_209

It is a high-income economy with a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of US$36,254. New Zealand_sentence_210

The currency is the New Zealand dollar, informally known as the "Kiwi dollar"; it also circulates in the Cook Islands (see Cook Islands dollar), Niue, Tokelau, and the Pitcairn Islands. New Zealand_sentence_211

Historically, extractive industries have contributed strongly to New Zealand's economy, focussing at different times on sealing, whaling, flax, gold, kauri gum, and native timber. New Zealand_sentence_212

The first shipment of refrigerated meat on the Dunedin in 1882 led to the establishment of meat and dairy exports to Britain, a trade which provided the basis for strong economic growth in New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_213

High demand for agricultural products from the United Kingdom and the United States helped New Zealanders achieve higher living standards than both Australia and Western Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. New Zealand_sentence_214

In 1973, New Zealand's export market was reduced when the United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community and other compounding factors, such as the 1973 oil and 1979 energy crises, led to a severe economic depression. New Zealand_sentence_215

Living standards in New Zealand fell behind those of Australia and Western Europe, and by 1982 New Zealand had the lowest per-capita income of all the developed nations surveyed by the World Bank. New Zealand_sentence_216

In the mid-1980s New Zealand deregulated its agricultural sector by phasing out subsidies over a three-year period. New Zealand_sentence_217

Since 1984, successive governments engaged in major macroeconomic restructuring (known first as Rogernomics and then Ruthanasia), rapidly transforming New Zealand from a protected and highly regulated economy to a liberalised free-trade economy. New Zealand_sentence_218

Unemployment peaked above 10% in 1991 and 1992, following the 1987 share market crash, but eventually fell to a record low (since 1986) of 3.7% in 2007 (ranking third from twenty-seven comparable OECD nations). New Zealand_sentence_219

However, the global financial crisis that followed had a major impact on New Zealand, with the GDP shrinking for five consecutive quarters, the longest recession in over thirty years, and unemployment rising back to 7% in late 2009. New Zealand_sentence_220

Unemployment rates for different age groups follow similar trends but are consistently higher among youth. New Zealand_sentence_221

In the December 2014 quarter, the general unemployment rate was around 5.8%, while the unemployment rate for youth aged 15 to 21 was 15.6%. New Zealand_sentence_222

New Zealand has experienced a series of "brain drains" since the 1970s that still continue today. New Zealand_sentence_223

Nearly one-quarter of highly skilled workers live overseas, mostly in Australia and Britain, which is the largest proportion from any developed nation. New Zealand_sentence_224

In recent decades, however, a "brain gain" has brought in educated professionals from Europe and less developed countries. New Zealand_sentence_225

Today New Zealand's economy benefits from a high level of innovation. New Zealand_sentence_226

Trade New Zealand_section_9

New Zealand is heavily dependent on international trade, particularly in agricultural products. New Zealand_sentence_227

Exports account for 24% of its output, making New Zealand vulnerable to international commodity prices and global economic slowdowns. New Zealand_sentence_228

Food products made up 55% of the value of all the country's exports in 2014; wood was the second largest earner (7%). New Zealand_sentence_229

New Zealand's main trading partners, as at June 2018, are China (NZ$27.8b), Australia ($26.2b), the European Union ($22.9b), the United States ($17.6b), and Japan ($8.4b). New Zealand_sentence_230

On 7 April 2008, New Zealand and China signed the New Zealand–China Free Trade Agreement, the first such agreement China has signed with a developed country. New Zealand_sentence_231

The service sector is the largest sector in the economy, followed by manufacturing and construction and then farming and raw material extraction. New Zealand_sentence_232

Tourism plays a significant role in the economy, contributing $12.9 billion (or 5.6%) to New Zealand's total GDP and supporting 7.5% of the total workforce in 2016. International visitor arrivals are expected to increase at a rate of 5.4% annually up to 2022. New Zealand_sentence_233

Wool was New Zealand's major agricultural export during the late 19th century. New Zealand_sentence_234

Even as late as the 1960s it made up over a third of all export revenues, but since then its price has steadily dropped relative to other commodities, and wool is no longer profitable for many farmers. New Zealand_sentence_235

In contrast, dairy farming increased, with the number of dairy cows doubling between 1990 and 2007, to become New Zealand's largest export earner. New Zealand_sentence_236

In the year to June 2018, dairy products accounted for 17.7% ($14.1 billion) of total exports, and the country's largest company, Fonterra, controls almost one-third of the international dairy trade. New Zealand_sentence_237

Other exports in 2017-18 were meat (8.8%), wood and wood products (6.2%), fruit (3.6%), machinery (2.2%) and wine (2.1%). New Zealand_sentence_238

New Zealand's wine industry has followed a similar trend to dairy, the number of vineyards doubling over the same period, overtaking wool exports for the first time in 2007. New Zealand_sentence_239

Infrastructure New Zealand_section_10

In 2015, renewable energy generated 40.1% of New Zealand's gross energy supply. New Zealand_sentence_240

The majority of the country's electricity supply is generated from hydroelectric power, with major schemes on the Waikato, Waitaki and Clutha rivers, as well as at Manapouri. New Zealand_sentence_241

Geothermal power is also a significant generator of electricity, with several large stations located across the Taupo Volcanic Zone in the North Island. New Zealand_sentence_242

The five main companies in the generation and retail market are Contact Energy, Genesis Energy, Mercury Energy, Meridian Energy, and TrustPower. New Zealand_sentence_243

State-owned Transpower operates the high-voltage transmission grids in the North and South Islands, as well as the Inter-Island HVDC link connecting the two together. New Zealand_sentence_244

The provision of water supply and sanitation is generally of good quality. New Zealand_sentence_245

Regional authorities provide water abstraction, treatment and distribution infrastructure to most developed areas. New Zealand_sentence_246

New Zealand's transport network comprises 94,000 kilometres (58,410 mi) of roads, including 199 kilometres (124 mi) of motorways, and 4,128 kilometres (2,565 mi) of railway lines. New Zealand_sentence_247

Most major cities and towns are linked by bus services, although the private car is the predominant mode of transport. New Zealand_sentence_248

The railways were privatised in 1993 but were re-nationalised by the government in stages between 2004 and 2008. New Zealand_sentence_249

The state-owned enterprise KiwiRail now operates the railways, with the exception of commuter services in Auckland and Wellington, which are operated by Transdev and Metlink, respectively. New Zealand_sentence_250

Railways run the length of the country, although most lines now carry freight rather than passengers. New Zealand_sentence_251

The road and rail networks in the two main islands are linked by roll-on/roll-off ferries between Wellington and Picton, operated by Interislander (part of KiwiRail) and Bluebridge. New Zealand_sentence_252

Most international visitors arrive via air, and New Zealand has six international airports, but currently only the Auckland and Christchurch airports connect directly with countries other than Australia or Fiji. New Zealand_sentence_253

The New Zealand Post Office had a monopoly over telecommunications in New Zealand until 1987 when Telecom New Zealand was formed, initially as a state-owned enterprise and then privatised in 1990. New Zealand_sentence_254

Chorus, which was split from Telecom (now Spark) in 2011, still owns the majority of the telecommunications infrastructure, but competition from other providers has increased. New Zealand_sentence_255

A large-scale rollout of gigabit-capable fibre to the premises, branded as Ultra-Fast Broadband, began in 2009 with a target of being available to 87% of the population by 2022. New Zealand_sentence_256

As of 2017, the United Nations International Telecommunication Union ranks New Zealand 13th in the development of information and communications infrastructure. New Zealand_sentence_257

Science and technology New Zealand_section_11

Early indigenous contribution to science in New Zealand was by Māori tohunga accumulating knowledge of agricultural practice and the effects of herbal remedies in the treatment of illness and disease. New Zealand_sentence_258

Cook's voyages in the 1700s and Darwin's in 1835 had important scientific botanical and zoological objectives. New Zealand_sentence_259

The establishment of universities in the 19th century fostered scientific discoveries by notable New Zealanders including Ernest Rutherford for splitting the atom, William Pickering for rocket science, Maurice Wilkins for helping discover DNA, Beatrice Tinsley for galaxy formation, and Alan MacDiarmid for conducting polymers. New Zealand_sentence_260

Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) were formed in 1992 from existing government-owned research organisations. New Zealand_sentence_261

Their role is to research and develop new science, knowledge, products and services across the economic, environmental, social and cultural spectrum for the benefit of New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_262

The total gross expenditure on research and development (R&D) as a proportion of GDP rose to 1.37% in 2018, up from 1.23% in 2015. New Zealand_sentence_263

New Zealand ranks 21st in the OECD for its gross R&D spending as a percentage of GDP. New Zealand_sentence_264

Demography New Zealand_section_12

Main article: Demographics of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_265

The 2018 New Zealand census enumerated a resident population of 4,699,755, an increase of 10.8% over the 2013 census figure. New Zealand_sentence_266

As of December 2020, the total population has risen to an estimated 5,107,490. New Zealand_sentence_267

New Zealand's population increased at a rate of 1.9% per year in the seven years ended June 2020. New Zealand_sentence_268

In September 2020 Statistics New Zealand reported that the population had climbed above 5 million people in September 2019, according to population estimates based on the 2018 census. New Zealand_sentence_269

New Zealand is a predominantly urban country, with 84.1% of the population living in urban areas, and 51.4% of the population living in the seven cities with populations exceeding 100,000. New Zealand_sentence_270

Auckland, with over 1 million residents, is by far the largest city. New Zealand_sentence_271

New Zealand cities generally rank highly on international livability measures. New Zealand_sentence_272

For instance, in 2016, Auckland was ranked the world's third most liveable city and Wellington the twelfth by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. New Zealand_sentence_273

Life expectancy for New Zealanders in 2012 was 84 years for females, and 80.2 years for males. New Zealand_sentence_274

Life expectancy at birth is forecast to increase from 80 years to 85 years in 2050, and infant mortality is expected to decline. New Zealand_sentence_275

New Zealand's fertility rate of 2.1 is relatively high for a developed country, and natural births account for a significant proportion of population growth. New Zealand_sentence_276

Consequently, the country has a young population compared to most industrialised nations, with 20% of New Zealanders being 14 years old or younger. New Zealand_sentence_277

In 2018 the median age of the New Zealand population was 38.1 years. New Zealand_sentence_278

By 2050 the median age is projected to rise to 43 years and the percentage of people 60 years of age and older to rise from 18% to 29%. New Zealand_sentence_279

In 2008 the leading cause of premature death was cancer, at 29.8%, followed by ischaemic heart disease, 19.7%, and then cerebrovascular disease, 9.2%. New Zealand_sentence_280

As of 2016, total expenditure on health care (including private sector spending) is 9.2% of GDP. New Zealand_sentence_281

Ethnicity and immigration New Zealand_section_13

Main articles: New Zealanders and Immigration to New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_282

In the 2018 census, 71.8% of New Zealand residents identified ethnically as European or Pākehā, and 16.5% as native Māori. New Zealand_sentence_283

Other major ethnic groups include Asian (15.3%) and Pacific peoples (9.0%), two-thirds of whom live in the Auckland Region. New Zealand_sentence_284

The population has become more diverse in recent decades: in 1961, the census reported that the population of New Zealand was 92% European and 7% Māori, with Asian and Pacific minorities sharing the remaining 1%. New Zealand_sentence_285

While the demonym for a New Zealand citizen is New Zealander, the informal "Kiwi" is commonly used both internationally and by locals. New Zealand_sentence_286

The Māori loanword Pākehā has been used to refer to New Zealanders of European descent, although some reject this name. New Zealand_sentence_287

The word Pākehā today is increasingly used to refer to all non-Polynesian New Zealanders. New Zealand_sentence_288

The Māori were the first people to reach New Zealand, followed by the early European settlers. New Zealand_sentence_289

Following colonisation, immigrants were predominantly from Britain, Ireland and Australia because of restrictive policies similar to the White Australia policy. New Zealand_sentence_290

There was also significant Dutch, Dalmatian, German, and Italian immigration, together with indirect European immigration through Australia, North America, South America and South Africa. New Zealand_sentence_291

Net migration increased after the Second World War; in the 1970s and 1980s policies were relaxed, and immigration from Asia was promoted. New Zealand_sentence_292

In 2009–10, an annual target of 45,000–50,000 permanent residence approvals was set by the New Zealand Immigration Service—more than one new migrant for every 100 New Zealand residents. New Zealand_sentence_293

In the 2018 census, 27.4% of people counted were not born in New Zealand, up from 25.2% in the 2013 census. New Zealand_sentence_294

Over half (52.4%) of New Zealand's overseas-born population lives in the Auckland Region. New Zealand_sentence_295

The United Kingdom remains the largest source of New Zealand's immigrant population, with around a quarter of all overseas-born New Zealanders born there; other major sources of New Zealand's overseas-born population are China, India, Australia, South Africa, Fiji and Samoa. New Zealand_sentence_296

The number of fee-paying international students increased sharply in the late 1990s, with more than 20,000 studying in public tertiary institutions in 2002. New Zealand_sentence_297

Language New Zealand_section_14

Main article: Languages of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_298

English is the predominant language in New Zealand, spoken by 95.4% of the population. New Zealand_sentence_299

New Zealand English is similar to Australian English, and many speakers from the Northern Hemisphere are unable to tell the accents apart. New Zealand_sentence_300

The most prominent differences between the New Zealand English dialect and other English dialects are the shifts in the short front vowels: the short-"i" sound (as in "kit") has centralised towards the schwa sound (the "a" in "comma" and "about"); the short-"e" sound (as in "dress") has moved towards the short-"i" sound; and the short-"a" sound (as in "trap") has moved to the short-"e" sound. New Zealand_sentence_301

After the Second World War, Māori were discouraged from speaking their own language (te reo Māori) in schools and workplaces, and it existed as a community language only in a few remote areas. New Zealand_sentence_302

It has recently undergone a process of revitalisation, being declared one of New Zealand's official languages in 1987, and is spoken by 4.0% of the population. New Zealand_sentence_303

There are now Māori language immersion schools and two television channels that broadcast predominantly in Māori. New Zealand_sentence_304

Many places have both their Māori and English names officially recognised. New Zealand_sentence_305

As recorded in the 2018 census, Samoan is the most widely spoken non-official language (2.2%), followed by "Northern Chinese" (including Mandarin, 2.0%), Hindi (1.5%), and French (1.2%). New Zealand_sentence_306

22,986 people (0.5%) reported the ability to use New Zealand Sign Language, which became one of New Zealand's official languages in 2006. New Zealand_sentence_307

Religion New Zealand_section_15

Main article: Religion in New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_308

See also: Irreligion in New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_309

Christianity is the predominant religion in New Zealand, although its society is among the most secular in the world. New Zealand_sentence_310

In the 2018 census, 44.7% of respondents identified with one or more religions, including 37.0% identifying as Christians. New Zealand_sentence_311

Another 48.5% indicated that they had no religion. New Zealand_sentence_312

Of those who affiliate with a particular Christian denomination, the main responses are Anglicanism (6.7%), Roman Catholicism (6.3%), and Presbyterianism (4.7%). New Zealand_sentence_313

The Māori-based Ringatū and Rātana religions (1.2%) are also Christian in origin. New Zealand_sentence_314

Immigration and demographic change in recent decades have contributed to the growth of minority religions, such as Hinduism (2.6%), Islam (1.3%), Buddhism (1.1%), and Sikhism (0.9%). New Zealand_sentence_315

The Auckland Region exhibited the greatest religious diversity. New Zealand_sentence_316

Education New Zealand_section_16

Main articles: Education in New Zealand and Tertiary education in New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_317

Primary and secondary schooling is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16, with the majority attending from the age of 5. New Zealand_sentence_318

There are 13 school years and attending state (public) schools is free to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents from a person's 5th birthday to the end of the calendar year following their 19th birthday. New Zealand_sentence_319

New Zealand has an adult literacy rate of 99%, and over half of the population aged 15 to 29 hold a tertiary qualification. New Zealand_sentence_320

There are five types of government-owned tertiary institutions: universities, colleges of education, polytechnics, specialist colleges, and wānanga, in addition to private training establishments. New Zealand_sentence_321

In the adult population, 14.2% have a bachelor's degree or higher, 30.4% have some form of secondary qualification as their highest qualification, and 22.4% have no formal qualification. New Zealand_sentence_322

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment ranks New Zealand's education system as the seventh-best in the world, with students performing exceptionally well in reading, mathematics and science. New Zealand_sentence_323

Culture New Zealand_section_17

Main article: Culture of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_324

Early Māori adapted the tropically based east Polynesian culture in line with the challenges associated with a larger and more diverse environment, eventually developing their own distinctive culture. New Zealand_sentence_325

Social organisation was largely communal with families (whānau), subtribes (hapū) and tribes (iwi) ruled by a chief (rangatira), whose position was subject to the community's approval. New Zealand_sentence_326

The British and Irish immigrants brought aspects of their own culture to New Zealand and also influenced Māori culture, particularly with the introduction of Christianity. New Zealand_sentence_327

However, Māori still regard their allegiance to tribal groups as a vital part of their identity, and Māori kinship roles resemble those of other Polynesian peoples. New Zealand_sentence_328

More recently, American, Australian, Asian and other European cultures have exerted influence on New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_329

Non-Māori Polynesian cultures are also apparent, with Pasifika, the world's largest Polynesian festival, now an annual event in Auckland. New Zealand_sentence_330

The largely rural life in early New Zealand led to the image of New Zealanders being rugged, industrious problem solvers. New Zealand_sentence_331

Modesty was expected and enforced through the "tall poppy syndrome", where high achievers received harsh criticism. New Zealand_sentence_332

At the time, New Zealand was not known as an intellectual country. New Zealand_sentence_333

From the early 20th century until the late 1960s, Māori culture was suppressed by the attempted assimilation of Māori into British New Zealanders. New Zealand_sentence_334

In the 1960s, as tertiary education became more available, and cities expanded urban culture began to dominate. New Zealand_sentence_335

However, rural imagery and themes are common in New Zealand's art, literature and media. New Zealand_sentence_336

New Zealand's national symbols are influenced by natural, historical, and Māori sources. New Zealand_sentence_337

The silver fern is an emblem appearing on army insignia and sporting team uniforms. New Zealand_sentence_338

Certain items of popular culture thought to be unique to New Zealand are called "Kiwiana". New Zealand_sentence_339

Art New Zealand_section_18

Main article: New Zealand art New Zealand_sentence_340

As part of the resurgence of Māori culture, the traditional crafts of carving and weaving are now more widely practised, and Māori artists are increasing in number and influence. New Zealand_sentence_341

Most Māori carvings feature human figures, generally with three fingers and either a natural-looking, detailed head or a grotesque head. New Zealand_sentence_342

Surface patterns consisting of spirals, ridges, notches and fish scales decorate most carvings. New Zealand_sentence_343

The pre-eminent Māori architecture consisted of carved meeting houses (wharenui) decorated with symbolic carvings and illustrations. New Zealand_sentence_344

These buildings were originally designed to be constantly rebuilt, changing and adapting to different whims or needs. New Zealand_sentence_345

Māori decorated the white wood of buildings, canoes and cenotaphs using red (a mixture of red ochre and shark fat) and black (made from soot) paint and painted pictures of birds, reptiles and other designs on cave walls. New Zealand_sentence_346

Māori tattoos (moko) consisting of coloured soot mixed with gum were cut into the flesh with a bone chisel. New Zealand_sentence_347

Since European arrival paintings and photographs have been dominated by landscapes, originally not as works of art but as factual portrayals of New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_348

Portraits of Māori were also common, with early painters often portraying them as an ideal race untainted by civilisation. New Zealand_sentence_349

The country's isolation delayed the influence of European artistic trends allowing local artists to develop their own distinctive style of regionalism. New Zealand_sentence_350

During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists combined traditional Māori and Western techniques, creating unique art forms. New Zealand_sentence_351

New Zealand art and craft has gradually achieved an international audience, with exhibitions in the Venice Biennale in 2001 and the "Paradise Now" exhibition in New York in 2004. New Zealand_sentence_352

Māori cloaks are made of fine flax fibre and patterned with black, red and white triangles, diamonds and other geometric shapes. New Zealand_sentence_353

Greenstone was fashioned into earrings and necklaces, with the most well-known design being the hei-tiki, a distorted human figure sitting cross-legged with its head tilted to the side. New Zealand_sentence_354

Europeans brought English fashion etiquette to New Zealand, and until the 1950s most people dressed up for social occasions. New Zealand_sentence_355

Standards have since relaxed and New Zealand fashion has received a reputation for being casual, practical and lacklustre. New Zealand_sentence_356

However, the local fashion industry has grown significantly since 2000, doubling exports and increasing from a handful to about 50 established labels, with some labels gaining international recognition. New Zealand_sentence_357

Literature New Zealand_section_19

Main article: New Zealand literature New Zealand_sentence_358

Māori quickly adopted writing as a means of sharing ideas, and many of their oral stories and poems were converted to the written form. New Zealand_sentence_359

Most early English literature was obtained from Britain, and it was not until the 1950s when local publishing outlets increased that New Zealand literature started to become widely known. New Zealand_sentence_360

Although still largely influenced by global trends (modernism) and events (the Great Depression), writers in the 1930s began to develop stories increasingly focused on their experiences in New Zealand. New Zealand_sentence_361

During this period, literature changed from a journalistic activity to a more academic pursuit. New Zealand_sentence_362

Participation in the world wars gave some New Zealand writers a new perspective on New Zealand culture and with the post-war expansion of universities local literature flourished. New Zealand_sentence_363

Dunedin is a UNESCO City of Literature. New Zealand_sentence_364

Media and entertainment New Zealand_section_20

Main articles: Music of New Zealand, Cinema of New Zealand, and Media of New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_365

New Zealand music has been influenced by blues, jazz, country, rock and roll and hip hop, with many of these genres given a unique New Zealand interpretation. New Zealand_sentence_366

Māori developed traditional chants and songs from their ancient Southeast Asian origins, and after centuries of isolation created a unique "monotonous" and "" sound. New Zealand_sentence_367

Flutes and trumpets were used as musical instruments or as signalling devices during war or special occasions. New Zealand_sentence_368

Early settlers brought over their ethnic music, with brass bands and choral music being popular, and musicians began touring New Zealand in the 1860s. New Zealand_sentence_369

Pipe bands became widespread during the early 20th century. New Zealand_sentence_370

The New Zealand recording industry began to develop from 1940 onwards, and many New Zealand musicians have obtained success in Britain and the United States. New Zealand_sentence_371

Some artists release Māori language songs, and the Māori tradition-based art of kapa haka (song and dance) has made a resurgence. New Zealand_sentence_372

The New Zealand Music Awards are held annually by Recorded Music NZ; the awards were first held in 1965 by Reckitt & Colman as the Loxene Golden Disc awards. New Zealand_sentence_373

Recorded Music NZ also publishes the country's official weekly record charts. New Zealand_sentence_374

Public radio was introduced in New Zealand in 1922. New Zealand_sentence_375

A state-owned television service began in 1960. New Zealand_sentence_376

Deregulation in the 1980s saw a sudden increase in the numbers of radio and television stations. New Zealand_sentence_377

New Zealand television primarily broadcasts American and British programming, along with many Australian and local shows. New Zealand_sentence_378

The number of New Zealand films significantly increased during the 1970s. New Zealand_sentence_379

In 1978 the New Zealand Film Commission started assisting local film-makers, and many films attained a world audience, some receiving international acknowledgement. New Zealand_sentence_380

The highest-grossing New Zealand films are Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Boy, The World's Fastest Indian, Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors and The Piano. New Zealand_sentence_381

The country's diverse scenery and compact size, plus government incentives, have encouraged some producers to shoot big-budget productions in New Zealand, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, Wolverine and The Last Samurai. New Zealand_sentence_382

The New Zealand media industry is dominated by a small number of companies, most of which are foreign-owned, although the state retains ownership of some television and radio stations. New Zealand_sentence_383

Since 1994, Freedom House has consistently ranked New Zealand's press freedom in the top twenty, with the 19th freest media in 2015. New Zealand_sentence_384

Sport New Zealand_section_21

Main article: Sport in New Zealand New Zealand_sentence_385

Most of the major sporting codes played in New Zealand have British origins. New Zealand_sentence_386

Rugby union is considered the national sport and attracts the most spectators. New Zealand_sentence_387

Golf, netball, tennis and cricket have the highest rates of adult participation, while netball, rugby union and football (soccer) are particularly popular among young people. New Zealand_sentence_388

Around 54% of New Zealand adolescents participate in sports for their school. New Zealand_sentence_389

Victorious rugby tours to Australia and the United Kingdom in the late 1880s and the early 1900s played an early role in instilling a national identity. New Zealand_sentence_390

Horseracing was also a popular spectator sport and became part of the "Rugby, Racing and Beer" culture during the 1960s. New Zealand_sentence_391

Māori participation in European sports was particularly evident in rugby, and the country's team performs a haka, a traditional Māori challenge, before international matches. New Zealand_sentence_392

New Zealand is known for its extreme sports, adventure tourism and strong mountaineering tradition, as seen in the success of notable New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary. New Zealand_sentence_393

Other outdoor pursuits such as cycling, fishing, swimming, running, tramping, canoeing, hunting, snowsports, surfing and sailing are also popular. New Zealand_sentence_394

New Zealand has seen regular sailing success in the America's Cup regatta since 1995. New Zealand_sentence_395

The Polynesian sport of waka ama racing has experienced a resurgence of interest in New Zealand since the 1980s. New Zealand_sentence_396

New Zealand has competitive international teams in rugby union, rugby league, netball, cricket, softball, and sailing. New Zealand_sentence_397

New Zealand participated at the Summer Olympics in 1908 and 1912 as a joint team with Australia, before first participating on its own in 1920. New Zealand_sentence_398

The country has ranked highly on a medals-to-population ratio at recent Games. New Zealand_sentence_399

The "All Blacks", the national rugby union team, are the most successful in the history of international rugby and have won the World Cup three times. New Zealand_sentence_400

Cuisine New Zealand_section_22

Main article: New Zealand cuisine New Zealand_sentence_401

The national cuisine has been described as Pacific Rim, incorporating the native Māori cuisine and diverse culinary traditions introduced by settlers and immigrants from Europe, Polynesia, and Asia. New Zealand_sentence_402

New Zealand yields produce from land and sea—most crops and livestock, such as maize, potatoes and pigs, were gradually introduced by the early European settlers. New Zealand_sentence_403

Distinctive ingredients or dishes include lamb, salmon, kōura (crayfish), Bluff oysters, whitebait, pāua (abalone), mussels, scallops, pipi and tuatua (both are types of New Zealand shellfish), kūmara (sweet potato), kiwifruit, tamarillo and pavlova (considered a national dish). New Zealand_sentence_404

A hāngi is a traditional Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven; still used for large groups on special occasions, such as tangihanga. New Zealand_sentence_405

See also New Zealand_section_23

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