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					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
Zealand is
- 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
  departments

- 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
Gardens




 The old Government
 Buildings




                 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
Ethnic groups.
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
                   and language.
                   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.




                       Aoraki/Mount Cook
The highest North Island
mountain, Mount Ruapehu
is an active volcano..

				
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