New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Ma¯ori named New Zealand Aotearoa, which is commonly translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud.

New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation, situated about 2000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbours to the north are 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 Maori being the largest minority. Asians and non-Ma¯ori Polynesians are also significant minorities, especially in the cities.

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.

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Auckland harbor & sails
Auckland harbor & sails
Auckland airport silhouette
Auckland airport silhouette
Auckland airport entry
Auckland airport entry
Auckland harbor steps
Auckland harbor steps
Auckland anti-gay discrimination billboard
Auckland anti-gay discrimination billboard
Auckland - gay Surrender Dorothy cafe
Auckland - gay Surrender Dorothy cafe
Auckland Atlas cafe- Pononsby
Auckland Atlas cafe- Pononsby
Auckland Museum
Auckland Museum
Auckland museum Maori carving
Auckland museum Maori carving
Out'
Out' magazine cover
Hero Gay Festival program 1998
Hero Gay Festival program 1998
Hero Festival '01 Float
Hero Festival '01 Float
Hero Festival '01 Marching guys
Hero Festival '01 Marching guys
Hero Festival 2001 Program
Hero Festival 2001 Program
Hero Festival parade dancers
Hero Festival parade dancers
Maori Dance
Maori Dance
Maori meeting house
Maori meeting house
Maori native costumes
Maori native costumes
A Waitangi National Reserve-Maori meeting house
A Waitangi National Reserve-Maori meeting house
Maori phallic figures
Maori phallic figures
North Island coastline
North Island coastline
North Island coastline
North Island coastline
North Island brave gull
North Island brave gull
North Island farmhouse
North Island farmhouse
North Island mountains
North Island mountains
North Island Rural church
North Island Rural church
Bowl of Kauri wood (25,000 yrs
Bowl of Kauri wood (25,000 yrs old)
Kauri giant tree- almost 1000 years
Kauri giant tree- almost 1000 years old
Late afternoon scene
Late afternoon scene
Cows and graves
Cows and graves
Dannevirke city church
Dannevirke city church
Contrasting foliage colors
Contrasting foliage colors
Roadside carving
Roadside carving
Rural home site
Rural home site
Rural sheep grazing
Rural sheep grazing
Snack time
Snack time
Rotorua Museum
Rotorua Museum
Rotorua bowlers
Rotorua bowlers
Rotorua Lake
Rotorua Lake
Rotorua hot springs
Rotorua hot springs
Rotorua Princes Gate Hotel room
Rotorua Princes Gate Hotel room
Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park
Dramatic cloud formation
Dramatic cloud formation
Striking rock formation
Striking rock formation
Wellington capitol buildings
Wellington capitol buildings
Wellington cable car
Wellington cable car
Wellington new architecture
Wellington new architecture
Wellington overview
Wellington overview
Wellington local lesbigay fair
Wellington local lesbigay fair
Wellington lesbians at fair
Wellington lesbians at fair
Wellington lesbigay fair
Wellington lesbigay fair
Wellington lesbigay fair shirt
Wellington lesbigay fair shirt
Wellington lesbigay fair T-shirt
Wellington lesbigay fair T-shirt
Wellington Te Papa Museum
Wellington Te Papa Museum
Wellington protest against Te Papa exhibit
Wellington protest against Te Papa exhibit
Wellington St. Paul's cathedral
Wellington St. Paul's cathedral
Inter Island ferry
Inter Island ferry