Outline of New Zealand

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The location of New Zealand

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to New Zealand:

New Zealandsovereign island nation located in the western South Pacific Ocean comprising two large islands, the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.[1] The indigenous Māori named New Zealand Aotearoa, which is commonly translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue, which are self-governing but in free association; Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency (New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica).

New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation, situated about 2,000 km (1,200 mi) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, its closest neighbours to the north being New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, many of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced.

The population is mostly of European descent, with the indigenous Māori being the largest minority. Asians and non-Maori Polynesians are also significant minorities, especially in the cities. Elizabeth II, as the Queen of New Zealand, is the Head of State and, in her absence, is represented by a non-partisan Governor-General. The Queen 'reigns but does not rule.' She has no real political influence, and her position is essentially symbolic. Political power is held by the democratically elected Parliament of New Zealand under the leadership of the Prime Minister, who is the Head of Government.

General reference

Geography of New Zealand

An enlargeable topographic map of New Zealand

Environment of New Zealand

Satellite image of New Zealand

Natural geographic features of New Zealand

Regions of New Zealand

Ecoregions of New Zealand

Administrative divisions of New Zealand

Provinces of New Zealand
Territorial authorities of New Zealand
Municipalities of New Zealand

Demography of New Zealand

Government and politics of New Zealand

Main article: Government of New Zealand and Politics of New Zealand

Branches of the government of New Zealand

Executive branch of the government of New Zealand

Legislative branch of the government of New Zealand

Judicial branch of the government of New Zealand

Foreign relations of New Zealand

International organisation membership

New Zealand is a member of:[1]

Law and order in New Zealand

Military of New Zealand

Local government in New Zealand

History of New Zealand

Main article: History of New Zealand, Timeline of the history of New Zealand, and Current events of New Zealand

Culture of New Zealand

Art in New Zealand

Sports in New Zealand

Economy and infrastructure of New Zealand

Education in New Zealand

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "New Zealand". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Wikimedia Atlas of New Zealand