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New Zealand (Maori: Aotearoa) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses - that of the North and South - and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1500 km (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1000 km (600 mi) south of the Pacific islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.
New Zealand remained neutral in world politics until 1951, when it embarked on a campaign of military expansion. The Iron Duke super-dirigible was created as part of this, and the M23 Haka heavy tank was developed over the following year.
The New Zealand space program is one of the greatest points of pride for New Zealanders, as they were the first agency on Earth to put a man in space (Maj. Alec Maynard, on August 1, 1954) and the first to put a woman in space (not sure where that post went ...). New Zealand has recently