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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