New Zealand is a country in the
south-western Pacific Ocean.
It has two large islands:
• the North Island
• The South Island
• and a lot of smaller islands,
New Zealand is known as Aotearoa,
which is translated into English as
The Land of the Long White Cloud.
The capital city of New
- was named in honour of Arthur Wellesley
the first Duke of Wellington and victor of the Battle of Waterloo.
- Mayor is Kerry Prendergast
- is New Zealand's political centre, housing Parliament
and the head offices of all government ministries and
- has the 12th best quality of living in the world
- website is http://www.wellington.govt.nz
View of the Wellington Victoria
Wellington from Mount Cable Car from the Botanic
The old Government
Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand
New Zealand is a constitutional monarchy
with a parliamentary democracy.
The New Zealand Parliament has only one chamber,
the House of Representatives, which usually seats
120 Members of Parliament.
The current Prime Minister Beehive, Parliament
is Helen Clark. Buildings
New Zealand has a population of about 4.2 million with European
The largest ethnic group is Māori.
In the Māori language the
word māori means "normal,"
"natural" or "ordinary."
Many New Zealand schools
now teach Māori culture
Māori politicians have
seven designated Māori
seats in the Parliament
of New Zealand
Sport has a major role in New Zealand's culture.
The much more favourite sport is rugby.
Other popular sports are cricket, basketball,
soccer, golf, tennis, skiing, snowboarding.
The national rugby team is the All Blacks.
The All Blacks perform a haka (Māori dance)
before each international match.
The South Island is the largest land of New Zealand.
There are Southern Alps and the highest peak
of which is Aoraki/Mount Cook.
The highest North Island
mountain, Mount Ruapehu
is an active volcano..