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Learn more about New Zealand.
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Population: 3,993,817 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Wellington
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An Introduction to New Zealand
The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. 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 a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

New Zealand map

Map of New Zealand ( Location ) : 41 00 S, 174 00 E, Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. For additional reports and educational information specific to New Zealand, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The New Zealander Flag
Blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant with four red five-pointed stars edged in white centered in the outer half of the flag; the stars represent the Southern Cross constellation.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about New Zealand.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.05%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 75.5 yrs - Male
    • 81.61 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 1.765 million (2002)

Televisions:
    • 1.926 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 37,500,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .nz

Did you know ... People from New Zealand are called New Zealanders
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook